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Spot On Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

New Media The Turbulence.org Commissions Program is now accepting proposals for projects that creatively explore the Internet as a site of production and transmission. Guidelines and application forms now available.
Deadline: June 30, 2011

Photographers Applications are now being accepted for the 3rd Annual – 2011 International Juried Photography Competition from Artists Haven Gallery in Florida. This year’s juror is Wendy M. Blazier, Senior Curator, Boca Raton Museum of Art. Read more.
Submission deadline: June 30, 2011

Sculptors The In Practice program, which supports artists creating new work for exhibition at SculptureCenter, is currently inviting artists to submit proposals for new projects and installations to be presented beginning January 2012. Artists selected for the In Practice program will receive a $500 honoraria and up to $1500 in production support.
Deadline: July 1, 2011

Call to Artists The Winchester Cultural Council is holding a juried art fair on August 6 at the Farmer’s Market on the Town Common. A jury comprised of WCC members, practicing artists, art teachers, and committee members will judge original artwork of professional quality in any medium for acceptance. A cash prize will be awarded for Best in Show. Approximately 25 booth spaces are available. Questions: Don Daniel.
Deadline: July 10, 2011

Call to Artists The Arnold Arboretum invites artists to submit work for the annual juried exhibition Artists in the Arboretum 2011 in conjunction with Jamaica Plain Open Studios. Leaf through the guidelines.
Deadline: July 14, 2011

Call to Artists 3rd Ward has announced an open call for an artist to show his or her work in a solo presentation at Art Taipei and a solo show in New York City. Judges include Dan Funderburgh, Artist & Designer; Richard Chang, Chairperson, Taiwan Art Gallery Association; and Daria Brit Shapiro, Head Curator, Artists Wanted. Learn more.
Deadline: July 15, 2011

Call to Artists UFORGE Gallery is currently accepting entries for its exhibition Family Masterpiece. Review the submission process and art requirements.
Deadline: July 15, 2011

Call for Work FallFest 2011 held in partnership with LynnArts, the Lynn Museum, and Lynn EDIC is accepting applications for vendors. This is an opportunity to get your work out to the public. The festival does not take a commission on sales. Live music all day. Dog parade. Great food. Sell your work and have fun. Read more.
Registration Deadline: August 5, 2011

Image Credit: Detail of painting by Joshua Meyer on display at the MCC’s Drawing and Painting Fellows exhibition at Tufts University Art Gallery through July 31, 2011.

Fellows Notes – May 2011

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Spring is a-bloom, allergens are omnipresent, and Massachusetts artists are being their usual awesome. Here’s this month’s news from past MCC fellows/finalists.

This month, the Massachusetts Poetry Festival takes place in Salem, Massachusetts (you’ll see events featuring past fellows/finalists throughout this month’s notes). But we wanted to be sure to draw your attention to Follow the Fellows at the Phillips Library in the Peabody Essex Museum, 4:30-5:45 PM, on Saturday, May 14. The event will feature readings by MCC Poetry Fellows Ben Berman (’08), John Canaday (’10), Patrick Donnelly (’08), Regie Gibson (’10), Sharon Howell (’10), Rosann Kozlowski (’10), and Leslie Williams (’10).

Meg Alexander‘s (Drawing Finalist ’04) solo show New Landscapes recently showed at Boston’s Gallery Kayafas.

Steve Almond (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’08) is featured in two events at the upcoming Massachusetts Poetry Fest. He will read his own (good) poetry (Main Stage, 2-2:20 PM, 5/14), before exploring bad poetry (The Gathering, 3-4 PM, 5/14) as judge of the Festival’s Bad Poem Contest

Diane Arvanites-Noya and Tommy Neblett (Choreography Fellows ’04, ’08), directors of Prometheus Dance, will premiere Desiderare, an evening-length dance work at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Thursday-Saturday, May 12-14, 8 PM. “Desiderare” means “to wish, to want, to like, to desire.”

Sally Bellerose (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Finalist ’04) won first place in fiction and will be a featured reader at The Saints and Sinners Literary Conference in New Orleans, LA. Her story Fishwives will also appear in the conference’s anthology of short stories. All proceeds of the anthology are being donated to the No/AIDS Task Force. The conference takes place May 11-15, and Sally will read her winning short story on May 11. She will also read from her soon-to-be-released novel, The Girls Club on May 13. The Girls Club won the Bywater Prize and will be published by Bywater Books with an August release date.

Ben Berman (Poetry Fellow ’08) has new poems coming out in Solstice Quarterly and Drunken Boat and his poem Good Grief was just nominated for Best New Poets 2011 by Unsplendid. At the Mass Poetry Fest, Ben will lead the Grub Street Poem Generator workshop at Green Land Cafe, 12-1:30 PM, on May 14.

Simeon Berry (Poetry Fellow ’06) will read work at part of the Salamander Reading at the Mass Poetry Fest, at The Gathering, 5:30-6:30 PM, on May 13. It’s a reading from editors and contributors to Salamander Literary Journal.

Nell Breyer (Choreography Fellow ’06) staged a dance performance in Fall of 2010, on the Sol Lewitt terrazzo floor at MIT. Now, a video installation projecting footage of the performance will be on exhibit at Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston. Perspectives on a Dance in Sol LeWitt’s ‘Bars of Color within Squares (MIT)’ will run through May 30, 2011, with an opening reception Friday, May 6, 5:30-7:30 PM. Also, there will be an encore performance of A Dance in Sol LeWitt’s ‘Bars of Color within Squares (MIT)’ at the MIT+150 Festival of Art, Science & Technology, part of the Boston Cyberarts Festival. The performance takes place at the MIT Green Center for Physics, Building 6C, May 7, 4pm and 8pm Performances. Tickets are FREE, but Reservations are required.

Jamie Cat Callan (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’10) will read from her latest book, Bonjour, Happiness!, at New York City’s Tribeca Barnes & Noble on Monday, May 16th at 7 PM. Dress like a French woman and win a prize!

Shawn Cody‘s (Playwriting Fellow ’07) new music theater work The Water Dream is playing in concert, featuring Anthony Rapp (Original Broadway Cast and Feature Film of Rent), at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater in New York City, May 28, 29, and 30, 8 PM. It’s open to the public, but reservations are recommended. Email with name, night, and number of seats. The Water Dream (read an excerpt) is a multi-media musical with whale puppets and an on-stage aquarium.

Patrick Donnelly (Poetry Fellow ’08) offers a workshop on How to Be a Good Public Reader of Your Own Poetry as part of the Mass Poetry Fest, at the House of Seven Gables Hooper House #1, 2-3:30 PM, May 14.

Rosalyn Driscoll (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’97) is among the artists contributing to the collaborative installation Just Under the Surface, which explores the aesthetic, emotional, bodily and metaphysical possibilities of an art that integrates all the senses, especially touch, using sculpture, moving image, sound and word. It is on exhibit at The Crypt Gallery, a former burial site under St. Pancras Church, in London, May 6-19, 2011.

Janet Echelman (Crafts and Sculpture/Installation ’09) received a prestigious 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Vico Fabbris (Painting Fellow ’06) has a solo show of watercolor paintings and work-on-paper called Florasynthesis, at Gurari Collections in Boston May 6-29, 2011. There will be an opening reception on Friday, May 6, 6-8 PM, as part of the South End Gallery District’s First Friday event.

Kate Feiffer (Film & Video Finalist ’03) reads from My Side of the Car, her children’s book illustrated by her father, Jules Feiffer, at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, May 19, 9 AM.

David Fiuczynski (Music Composition ’09) was among the artists and scholars who received a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Regie Gibson (Poetry Fellow ’10) hosts the The Headword Poetry Presentation, performances by area spoken word poets as part of the Mass Poetry Fest, at the Main Stage, 1:30-2:45 PM, on May 14.

Eric Gottesman (Photography Fellow ’09) is now being represented by Clark Gallery in Lincoln. He has two solo shows coming up: Paths that cross cross again at TPW Gallery in Toronto, May 12-June 15, 2011, part of the Scotiabank Contact Photo Festival, and Intimacy is the Reconciliation of Foreignness and Habit, running June 30-October 2, 2011 at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT. Eric is curating the Apex Art show in Amman, Jordan as part of the 2011 Franchise Award. The show is called We Have Woven the Motherlands with Nets of Iron and runs May 4-June 4, 2011. This year, Eric will be publishing a book of his work in Ethiopia, with Umbrage Editions. Eric will seek finishing funds for the project, called May the Finest in the World Always Accompany You!, through Kickstarter – stay tuned. He will be the Artist-In-Residence at Amherst College in Spring 2012. Furthermore, he will have work in the Artadia group show at the San Francisco Art Institute in July 2011.

Joel Janowitz (Painting Fellow ’08) has a self-titled solo show at Victoria Munroe Fine Art in Boston, May 12-June 18, 2011, with an opening reception Thursday, May 12, 6-8 PM. There will be a gallery talk at 7 PM.

Rachel Kadish (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction ’08) has a fascinating essay about her cousin, an Israeli artist who becomes a protest art icon, in the Good Men Project.

Frannie Lindsay (Poetry Fellow ’06) takes part in The First and Last Word Poetry Series at the Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville on May 17, 6:30-9 PM. Earlier this month, she’ll join Nancy K. Pearson (Poetry Finalist ’10) and other poets as part of BEG, BORROW, AND STEAL at the Mass Poetry Fest (House of Seven Gables #1, 3:30-4:45 PM, May 14), a reading featuring Perugia Press poets.

Congratulations to Melinda Lopez (Playwriting Fellow ’03), who won an IRNE Award for her play From Orchids to Octopi.

Congratulations to Caitlin McCarthy (Playwriting Finalist ’11) who signed a contract with Populus Pictures in London to develop her film script Resistance. Also, Caitlin’s work to raise awareness about the DES drug disaster was featured in The Boston Globe Magazine, which discusses her screenplay about DES, Wonder Drug (read an excerpt). Caitlin will be on a speaking panel, DES Forty Years Later, to Be Held At Massachusetts General Hospital on May 19, 2011, 3-5:30 PM, followed by a reception. Free and open to the public.

Nathalie Miebach (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’09) will have two wall sculptures/musical scores on display at the Future Everything Festival in Manchester, UK, May 11-14, 2011. The festival/conference brings together innovative thinkers, artists and musicians to explore the interface between technology, society, culture and cool ideas. To quote the Guardian Newspaper, the festival is “crammed with geek cool,” and Nathalie’s work will be part of “Data Dimensions,” featuring artists and designers from across the globe who love working with data.

Monica Raymond‘s (Playwriting Finalist ’07, Poetry Finalist ’08) free translations of Francois Villon and a Provencal lyric have been published on qarrtsiluni.com. Also, she just returned from an April staged reading of her play The Owl Girl, sponsored by Golden Thread Theater in San Francisco, directed by Naomi Newman, founder of A Traveling Jewish Theater. Later this month, Monica has a reading of her play A to Z at the Great Plains Theater Conference in Omaha, May 31, 2011, directed by Elena Araoz.

Congratulations to Anna Ross (Poetry Finalist ’10), whose alma mater Mount Holyoke College awarded her their Mary Lyon Award given to “a young alumna who has been out of the College fifteen years or less, who demonstrates promise or sustained achievement in her life, profession, or community consistent with the humane values that Mary Lyon exemplified in her life and inspired in others.” The award is named for Mount Holyoke founder Mary Lyons. Anna recently read as part of the Calliope Reading Series in Falmouth, MA on May 1.

Irina Rozovsky (Photography Finalist ’09) has a solo show of photography, This Russia, at the Garner Center of Photography at the New England School of Photography in Boston. The show runs through June 3, 2011, with and an artist talk May 9, 6 PM. Fraction Magazine has a sneak peak of Irina’s soon-to-be-published monograph One to Nothing. The monograph will be published by Kehrer Verlag in Fall 2011; see a preview. Also, Irina is among the artists featured in The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Vol.2, a biennial sourcebook with new work by 100 contemporary photographers, from the Humble Arts Foundation.

Eric Henry Sanders‘s (Playwriting Fellow ’09) play Reservoir will have its European premiere this month, when it’s produced at Theater 89 in Berlin (under the translated title Haseks Heimkehr), running May 20-June 11.

Adam Schwartz (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’10) was interviewed in The New Yorker.

Jeff Daniel Silva‘s (Film & Video Finalist ’09) feature-length documentary Ivan & Ivana had its world premiere in the International competition at Visions de Réel in Nyon, Switzerland on April 8. The film chronicles the lives of Ivan and Ivana, an émigré couple who uprooted from Kosovo to California to start anew after the last Balkan war. The film reveals their successes, trials, and tribulations over five years of turbulent economic, political, and personal tides to reveal an unorthodox depiction of the American immigrant experience. The film also screened in the Independent Film Festival Boston, on April 30 and May 1. Read a terrific review on Not Coming to a Theatre Near You.

Sarah Slifer (Choreography Fellow ’10) is among the performers presenting Charles Olson’s dance play Apollonius of Tyana at the Mass Poetry Fest (Main Stage, 11 AM, May 14). She’ll also create an “installation-specific” work to collaborate with a Susan Phillipsz sound installation as part of the Peabody Essex Museum’s Art After Hours series. The performance will take place June 30, 5:30 PM, at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Cam Terwilliger (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’08) shares his experiences as a creative research fellow at The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) in Worcester, on the Grub Daily blog.

Poetry by Leslie Williams (Poetry Fellow ’10) is featured in the Spring 2011 issue of the Southern Review.

Past Fellows Notes
Apr. 2011
Mar. 2011
Feb. 2011
Jan. 2011

Are you a past fellow or finalist with an event, honor, or other bit of news you’d like to share? Tell us about it.

Images: Still from DESIDERARE w/ Naoko Brown (foreground), Jennifer Kelble (background), photo by JJJ Cole; Cover art from THE GIRLS CLUB by Sally Bellerose (Bywater Books, August 2011); Eric Gottesmean, BANDED PHOTOGRAPHS (2007), C-print, 20×24 in; Promotional image for IVAN & IVANA by Jeff Silva.

Mass. Abundance

Friday, April 15th, 2011

In our modern world, mysteries abound! On the other hand, so do plastic water bottles. And twist ties (see above). In fact, lots of things abound. Information. Celebrities. Blog posts and websites. Haters and their hatin’. Makers and their makin’. All abound.

It’s been suggested that curation will be increasingly key to our navigation, as a culture, of the overly abundant information-scape in our lives. In that spirit, we thought we’d round up some of the abundantly intriguing, or mysterious, or just plain keen stuff going on.

On The Public Humanist, blog of Mass Humanities, Natasha Haverty and Adam Bright share the backstory of their radio documentary-in-progress about a debate society formed in the 1930s by inmates in a Norfolk, MA prison – and how the team defeated debate squads from more hallowed MA institutions like MIT and Harvard.

Why should James Franco work at Grub Street, the Boston-based writers service organization? Answer this question by 5 PM today (Friday, April 15), and you may win a pair of tickets to Cocktail Hour with the Francos, an unscripted conversation with writer/actor/conceptual artist James Franco and his mother, writer Betsy Franco, at Grub Street’s great Muse and the Marketplace Conference. Just tweet “James Franco should work at Grub Street because…” and your answer, and include @GrubWriters and #musefranco in your tweet.

How big a wave could one week’s worth of plastic bottles create? The good folks of Citizens for Salem/Beverly Water Resources suspect it will yield A Mighty Wave. They’re encouraging artists to converge at Salem Common in Salem on the morning of May 7 to create a one-day public art display, creating a wave of plastic from bottles collected in just one week in Salem. All will be broken down in time for a recycling truck to break (and recycle) the wave by afternoon. Find out more.

Not since the Mayors’ Arts Challenge have two MA cities had so vigorous a rivalry! Responding to a remark by a Cambridge city councilor that Somerville doesn’t have many interesting places, Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone has challenged Cambridge to an “Interesting City Challenge.” He even invokes the arts:

It’s called authenticity, and we’ve got it in the arts too. The City and local businesses weave art into everything we do. Public art absolutely needs to be part of this Challenge, though it’s not fair because most of the artists Cambridge had long ago moved to Somerville. And we’re talking everything from painters to sculptors to comic book artists. Oh, if you happen to catch a band in Cambridge anytime soon, make sure to ask them where in Somerville they live.

(As a state agency, we are not taking sides.)

Speaking of rivalries: watch Governor Deval Patrick go head to head with The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart! Actually, it’s a really friendly conversation. They talk about Gov. Patrick’s new book, former MA governor Mitt Romney, and why The Daily Show should move production to Massachusetts.

New England Film has a terrific article on five films from New England talent screening this month at the International Film Festival of Boston (April 27-May 4, 2011).

GO SEE ART. Where? Find out at GO SEE ART. It’s a compendium of New England art exhibitions. So go there. And then go. You know. To see art.

Will it surprise you that the Boston chapter of the Awesome Foundation, which funds projects it considers awesome (that’s really the only criteria), funded a group that describes itself as “Boston’s mysterious playmate?” Banditos Misteriosos won a $1000 “Awesome” grant for its plan to create a giant puzzle to be put together by the Boston community sometime this summer. Past efforts by the Misteriosos, who aim to answer the questions “Who are these people we pass in the street?” and “How could we use those big open public spaces?” by staging whimsical public events, include massive pillow and water gun fights and a live, “Choose Your Own Adventure” game.

At the recent TransCultural Exchange Conference, attendee Ilana Manolson (Painting Fellow ’08) shared her experiences exhibiting her paintings through the ART in Embassies Program, which places American art in U.S. diplomatic residencies worldwide. Through that program, Ilana’s paintings have been on exhibit at American embassies in The Hague and Sarajevo.

I really like this post by the Our Stories literary journal that lists short stories that employ a very specific device, then carry it off with skill. Massachusetts literary rawk star Steve Almond (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’08) is on the list twice!

Finally: arts funding is one thing mentioned in this post that’s not nearly abundant enough. On a federal level, the NEA’s budget is under threat, and here in MA, we have our own issues. Read this testimony by Tim Robbins about how a small investment in the arts can yield a bounty – not just in terms of the tax revenues, but culturally and personally.

Image: Rachel Perry Welty, LOST IN MY LIFE (TWIST TIES) (2009), Pigmented ink print, edition of 3, 90×60 in, Courtesy of the Artist, Barbara Krakow Gallery (Boston), Gallery Joe (Philadelphia), and Yancey Richardson Gallery (New York). Rachel’s solo show RACHEL PERRY WELTY 24/7 is on exhibit at the deCordova Sculpture Park + Museum in Lincoln through April 24, 2011. Currently, Rachel’s video work KARAOKE WRONG NUMBER 2004-2009 is featured in Videonale 13 at Kunstmuseum Bonn, through May 29, 2011.

Fellows Notes – April 11

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Here’s the latest installment of Fellows Notes, the current news of past fellows/finalists from our Artist Fellowships Program.

The April 1, 2011 weather may be a Fool’s Day snow-prise, but the following list of April awards, honors, news, and announcements is pure sunshine.

We’re thrilled to share that Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro‘s (Playwriting Fellow ’11) play Before I Leave You, a portion of which the playwright submitted for her Artist Fellowship, will be produced by Boston’s Huntington Theatre in the 2011/2012 season! Read a Boston Globe article about Rosanna and the production.

Hannah Barrett (Painting Fellow ’04) has collages in the show Family Portraits, which explores the “complexities and possibilities of family structures, relationships, and interactions, both real and constructed.” The show runs through April 22, 2011 at the Foster Gallery in Dedham, with an opening reception Friday, April 8, 6-8 PM. Along with Hannah, the show features Christine Rogers, Cobi Moules, Megan & Murray McMillan, Dustin Williams, and Tanit Sakakini – and was curated by Evelyn Rydz (Drawing Fellow ’10)!

Claire Beckett‘s (Photography Fellow ’07) recent show at Carroll and Sons, Simulating Iraq, was reviewed in Art New England.

Jamie Cat Callan (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’10) will be at the French Cultural Center in Boston on Tuesday, April 19 to present her recent book Bonjour, Happiness! Read a recent interview with Jamie on ArtSake.

Alicia Casilio, Sara Casilio, Kelly Casilio, and Cary Wolinsky, aka TRIIIBE Sculpture/Installation Fellows ’09) were reviewed in Art in America Magazine for their recent solo show at Dodge Gallery in New York. Also, check out a terrific series of short films by Yari Wolinsky about TRIIIBE’s creation of their recent In Search of Eden show at Boston University.

Watercolor paintings by Betsy Damian are on exhibit at the Harding House bed and breakfast in Cambridge. Read Betsy’s recent Three Stages post about her children’s book Rèv Abnè a: Abner’s Vision.

Joshua Fineberg‘s (Music Composition Fellow ’11) piece for flute and electronics, The Texture of Time, will receive its Boston premiere on Saturday April 30 at Brandeis University’s Slosberg Music Center. This performance will be part of the 2011 BEAMS Electronic Music Marathon and the Boston Cyber Arts Festival.

Regie Gibson (Poetry Fellow ’10) will perform spoken word poetry at Munroe Center for the Arts in Lexington, MA on Saturday, April 9, 8-10 PM, a task to which he’s uniquely suited: he’s a former National Poetry Slam Champion and performer on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Incidentally, the 4/9 performance is on the heels of Regie’s participation in the final event in MCC’s Commonwealth Reading Series at Newtonville Books in Newton on Tuesday, April 5.

James Haug‘s (Poetry Fellow ’98) new chapbook, Why I Like Chapbooks, has been published by Factory Hollow Press.

Gregory Hischak‘s (Playwriting Finalist ’11) short play Hygiene is included in this year’s Humana Festival of New American Works in April (Louisville KY). Later this year, his new play Clueless & Lark (& Other Geologic Variations) will be staged as part of the 2011 Source Festival (Washington DC) in June, 2011.

Ariel Kotker‘s (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’07) fascinating His Room As He Left It installation will be part of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Traveling Scholars Show, at the SMFA March 30-April 30. There will be an opening reception Wednesday, March 30, 5-7 PM.

Niho Kozuru (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’09) was commissioned to create a sculpture for the permanent collection of the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln, Nebraska. Read an article in the Lincoln JournalStar about Niho and the unique commission.

Yanick Lapuh (Painting Fellow ’10) currently has a solo show, Yanick Lapuh: Your Ladder is on Fire, at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, through July 10, 2011. He’s also among the artists selected by juror Jen Mergel, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for the show Massachusetts Artists 2011 at The Brush Art Gallery and Studios in Lowell. The show runs through April 30, 2011, with an opening reception on April 3, 2-4 PM.

Rania Matar (Photography Fellow ’07) has a solo photography show, A Girl and Her Room at the De Santos Gallery in Houston, TX, running April-May, 2011. There is an opening reception April 2, 5:30-8:30 PM.

We heard good news from Nathalie Miebach (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’09) recently: she won a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant! Where can you see her work this month? First, a detail of her installation Changing Waters, on view at the Fuller Craft Museum through September 2011, is on the cover of the March/April 2011 issue of Art New England. She’s in the exhibition The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft, on display through June 12 at the Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, WI. As part of this exhibit, a trio called Nineteen Thirteen will perform one of Nathalie’s scores, called “Hurricane Noel” at the Milwaukee Art Museum on April 15, 8:30 PM. Furthermore, she’s participating in Craft Meets Technology at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, April 2-July 16, and the Appearances: Provincetown Green Arts Festival, at Art Current in Provincetown, MA, April 15-24.

Caleb Neelon (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’07) is the co-author of the book The History of American Graffiti, published this month by Harper Design. The book features over 1,000 never-before-published photographs and interviews with hundreds of graffiti artists from throughout the country.

Congratulations to Nancy K. Pearson (Poetry Finalist ’10), who won the Sycamore Review Poetry Prize.

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Jendi Reiter (Poetry Fellow ’10) won the 2010 Anderbo Poetry Prize for her poem “Bullies in Love” (watch the clip embedded above to hear her reading the poem). Bravo!

Matthew Rich (Painting Fellow ’10) is among the artists exhibiting in The Thingness of Color at Dodge Gallery in New York. The show runs April 2-May 1, with an opening reception April 2. Read a Studio Views with Matthew Rich on ArtSake.

Irina Rozovsky (Photography Finalist ’09) has a solo show of photography, This Russia, at the Garner Center of Photography at the New England School of Photography in Boston. The show runs April 18-June 3, 2011, with an opening reception Wednesday, April 20, 6:30-8 PM and an artist talk Monday, May 9, 6 PM. Fraction Magazine has a sneak peak of Irina’s soon-to-be-published monograph One to Nothing. The monograph will be published by Kehrer Verlag in Fall 2011; see a preview. Also, Irina is among the artists featured in The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Vol.2, a biennial sourcebook with new work by 100 contemporary photographers, from the Humble Arts Foundation.

Eric Henry Sanders‘s (Playwriting Fellow ’09) play Reservoir, on the heels of a successful ’10/’11 run at the Drilling CompaNY in New York, will return for a three week run (Apr. 1 -17, 2011) at the theatre. Read a terrific review of the play in the New York Times, and read about the process behind the play, as well as hear a scene performed by Company One, on ArtSake. Also, Eric’s short play Don’t Push the Red Button was performed as part of Elephant in the Room, performed at Raconteur Theatre in Ohio in March 2011.

Vaughn Sills (Photography Fellow ’09) has a solo exhibition of photographs at the Trustman Gallery at Simmons College in Boston. The show, which runs March 21 – April 22, is in conjunction with Vaughn’s new book of photography Places For The Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens. Read a review in the Boston Globe.

Jeff Daniel Silva‘s (Film & Video Finalist ’09) feature-length documentary Ivan & Ivana will have its world premiere in the International competition at Visions de Réel in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday, April 8 at 8 PM. The film chronicles the lives of Ivan and Ivana, a couple who emigrated from Kosovo to California to start anew after the last Balkan war. It’s an unorthodox depiction of the American immigrant experience, revealing the couple’s successes, trials, and tribulations over five years of turbulent economic, political and personal tides. Local audiences will have the chance to see the film when it screens in the Independent Film Festival Boston, on April 30 and May 1.

Peter Snoad (Playwriting Fellow ’09) is among the playwrights whose ten-minute plays were selected for the 2011 Boston Playwrights’ Theatre Boston Theatre Marathon. Read Peter’s terrific ArtSake guest post about the terrain for new plays – nationally and locally.

Rachel Perry Welty (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’09, Drawing Fellow ’04) will join deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Director for Curatorial Affairs Nick Capasso for a talk and tour of Rachel’s current exhibition: Rachel Perry Welty 24/7. The events takes place on Saturday, April 2, at 3 PM, at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln.

Tracy Winn (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’08) reads from her novel Mrs. Somebody Somebody at the Blacksmith House in Cambridge on Monday, April 25, 2011, 8:00 PM.

Past Fellows Notes
Mar. 2011
Feb. 2011
Jan. 2011

Are you a past fellow or finalist with an event, honor, or other bit of news you’d like to share? Tell us about it.

Images and media: Matthew Rich, DOUBLE AMPERSAND (2010), latex and spray paint on cut paper and linen tape, 41×57 in; cover art for WHY I LIKE CHAPBOOKS by James Haug (Factory Hollow Press, 2011); Jendi Reiter reads “Bullies in Love” at the Green Street Café in Northampton, recorded by Adam Cohen, from the WinningWriters Youtube Channel; Cover for PLACES FOR THE SPIRIT: PHOTOGRAPHS BY VAUGHN SILLS (Trinity University Press, 2010).

Air, Sea, Battle

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Anybody remember the video game Air-Sea Battle for the Atari 2600, circa late-70s/early-80s? When trying to come up with a unifying theme for this post, I remembered that game, which involved various pixelated battles between 8-bit planes, ships, and anti-aircraft guns. (I should’ve known I was headed for a life in the arts when my friend and I used to spend all afternoon making our anti-aircraft guns, whose pivoting canons looked a little like mouths, have long strange conversations rather than shoot down planes.)

Anyway, some of the recent news from awardees in our Artist Fellowships Program does indeed relate to the air, the sea, and battle (though perhaps not so much to talking anti-aircraft guns… perhaps a theme for an artist’s future project? Get on that, Massachusetts artists’ community!)

This month, Jan Johnson (Drawing Fellow ’10) is one of the artists exhibiting  at the A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, NY in A woman’s work is never done. The show, curated by Susanne Altmann, includes work by women artists that focuses on diverse artistic approaches and blends “the personally meaningful with a close and objective eye toward cultural observation” (read more). The show runs through January 30, 2011.

Jan’s recent work (see above) are drawings made with needle and thread, sometimes incorporating found and mixed media elements. It’s fascinating work. You can see images of the A.I.R. exhibition, including Jan’s work, on A.I.R. Gallery’s Facebook page.

One of my favorite local art blogs is Boston Handmade, a blog by a group of Massachusetts-based artists whose creative work is made by hand. So imagine my delight when in a recent post, member/blogger Karen Mahoney of City by the Sea Ceramics wrote about a visit to Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, where she discovered the work of Nathalie Miebach (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’09). She wrote:

Last week I went to the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton and had so much fun! I discovered one artist in particular I’m excited to have found and I’d like to share her with you.

Sculptor Nathalie Miebach compiles the data of tides, temperature, winds, moon phases and other specifics of various environments and creates sculptures made of “reed, wood, data”. She had two pieces in one of the current exhibits at Fuller, The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft.

Along with showing in The New Materiality, Nathalie has a new solo exhibition opening at the Fuller this month: Changing Waters, Nathalie’s largest installation to date. It will be on exhibit January 15, 2011 – September 25, 2011, with an opening reception February 27, 2011, 2-5 PM.

So, that’s air and sea, now for the battle. In November, Eric Henry Sanders‘s (Playwriting Fellow ’09) play Reservoir had its world premiere at The Drilling CompaNY Theatre in New York (read about the play and hear a scene performed on ArtSake). The show was extended through January 16, and the New York Times recently reviewed the play, writing:

Woyzeck, Georg Büchner’s 1837 play about a soldier driven to madness and murder by poverty, exploitation and jealousy, is sometimes considered the first modern tragedy and is a primary source of absurdist theater… Reservoir, a timely, urgent reimagining, smartly written by Eric Henry Sanders and presented by the Drilling Company, tracks Büchner’s general story line but focuses on the dilemmas of a contemporary military life.

The review praises Eric’s characterizations, calls his resolution “satisfyingly ambiguous,” and suggests “the best lesson from Reservoir is how to draw new meaning from a classic.”

Well done, all. For more news from past MCC fellows/finalist, read Fellows Notes.

Images: two works by Jan Johnson: CHART OF YOU, ME, THE BABY, THE GUEST AND GOD (2009), Silk and cotton thread on cotton, 16 1/2×11 in; RING AROUND, WE ALL FALL DOWN AND HOW TO GET UP AGAIN (2007), Cotton thread on cotton, 11 1/2×17 in; two works by Nathalie Miebach: BOSTON TIDES (2006), Reed, wood, data, 6x6x2 ft; Detail of WARM WINTER (2007), Reed, wood, data, 6x5x6 ft, both photos taken at Fuller Craft Museum by Karen Mahoney; poster for RESERVOIR by Eric Henry Sanders, produced by The Drilling CompaNY.

Fellows Notes – Oct 10

Friday, October 1st, 2010

We compile a monthly list of presentations, honors, publications, and events featuring past and present MCC Artist Fellows & Finalists. As you’ll see, the news is good – not just about these award-winning artists, but also about the breadth and vitality of contemporary arts throughout the Commonwealth.

The Boston Book Festival on Saturday, October 16, 2010 is a free literary celebration featuring readings, discussions, and events with an impressive list of world-renowned authors – including numerous past MCC Fellows. Events include Steve Almond (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’08), who hosts the Book Revue, a rocked-out multimedia event with literature by and about rock stars; Henriette Lazaridis Power (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’06), who hosts the event Fiction: Time and Place, exploring identity and the march of history in fiction; and Kevin Young (Poetry Fellow ’10), editor of the new anthology The Art of Losing, who joins other authors to read and discuss as part of Poetry of Love, Loss, and Healing (incidentally, Meg Kearney, one of our recent grants panelists in Poetry, will also take part).

Julie Levesque (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’05) and David Prifti (Photography Finalist ’09) are part of the Rice/Polak Gallery‘s contribution to Affordable Art Fair New York City, September 30-October 3.

Liz Nofziger (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’05) and Linda Price-Sneddon (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’01) have created a collaborative installation, in two parts showing at two different art venues. Part one of the installation That Which Changes That Which Stays the Same shows at the Villa Victoria in Boston through November 3, 2010. The second part of the installation shows at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence through December 8, with an opening reception Friday, October 8, 5-7 PM, and an Artists’ Talk Wednesday, November 17, 7-8 PM. Both works are part of a joint exhibition by Villa Victoria and Essex Art Center called Exchange.

David Binder’s (Photography Fellow ’01) film Calling My Children received Best Short Documentary at the Woods Hole Film Fest in August where David also received an Emerging Filmmaker award. Furthermore, the film was named Best Short at the Newburyport Documentary Film Fest last weekend. The film will screen at the New Jersey Film Festival on October 1, the New Hampshire Film Festival October 14 – 17, and the Oaxaca International Film Festival in Oaxaca, Mexico November 5-13, 2010.

Steven Bogart (Playwriting Finalist ’09) has received great reviews for the production of Cabaret he directed – the Globe review in particular singles out his direction for praise. Read an ArtSake interview with Steven about the show.

Congratulations to Sarah Braunstein (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’04), who was named as one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35! The award recognizes five young fiction writers, selected by National Book Award Winners and Finalists. Sarah’s novel The Sweet Relief of Lost Children will be published by W.W. Norton in 2011.

Candice Smith Corby (Painting Fellow ’08) currently has work in two shows: Painting Now at the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery at Bristol Community College (through October 21), and New Work 2010 (with Gwen Strahle) at the Lenore Gray Gallery in Providence, RI (through Oct. 25).

Patrick Donnelly (Poetry Fellow ’08) is reading as part of the Greenfield Poetry and Spoken Word Festival on Saturday, October 9. He’ll be taking part in readings at the Greenfield Grille at 3 PM and again at 6:30 PM.

Michael Gandolfi’s (Music Composition Fellow ’03) composition Plain Song will be among the works on the Boston Symphony Chamber Players new CD, Plain Song, Fantastic Dances: Chamber Music By American Composers, on the BSO Classics label. Gandolfi’s composition both commissioned specifically for the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. The new recording will be made available for download as a complete album and at the Symphony Shop in Boston, in November.

Ilana Manolson (Painting Fellow ’08) has a solo show, Stasis/Flux, at Clark Gallery in Lincoln, Mass. The show runs October 1-30, with a reception October 2, 4-6 PM.

Rebecca Meyers (Film & Video Fellow ’09), whose work is currently showing in the ICA/Boston 2010 Foster Prize Exhibition, has a Q&A with ICA curator Randi Hopkins on Thursday, October 28, 7 PM. In Words & Images: Rebecca Meyers, she’ll present a selection of short work including the New England premiere of her newest film, blue mantle, which explores the local history of the Massachusetts coast, shipwrecks, and the role of the sea as aesthetic inspiration.

Nathalie Miebach (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’09) has a solo show, Weather Scores, at the Gordon Gallery of the Boston Arts Academy. The show features Nathalie’s work using weather data to create sculptural musical scores. Information from weather stations, off-shore buoys and satellite imagery, is translated into 2D and 3D musical scores that map meteorological conditions of a specific time and place, but also function as musical scores to be played by musicians (in fact, musician Elaine Rombola recently joined Nathalie to play the scores at a Nave Gallery reception). The Boston Arts Academy pieces focus on recent New England hurricanes, blizzards and storms. The show runs October 5-November 30, with an opening reception October 5, 5-7 PM. Read more about Nathalie’s weather scores in an ArtSake interview.

Cynthia Morrison Phoel (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’04, ’10) has a number of reading events for her new short story collection, Cold Snap: Bulgaria Stories. She takes part in the Concord Festival of Authors on Sunday, October 24, reading at 3 PM. Then, on Tuesday, October 26, 7 PM, she reads at Porter Square Books in Cambridge. On Thursday, October 28, 7 PM, she reads at Andover Bookstore (for both the Porter Square Books and Andover Bookstore events, she’ll be joined by Tracy Winn). Finally, she takes part in the Blacksmith House Reading Series: Monday, November 1, 8 PM, at Blacksmith House in Cambridge.

A 25-year survey of the work of Daniel Ranalli (Drawing Fellow ’10) will be presented at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. The exhibition, curated by Leslie K. Brown, focuses on Ranalli’s environmental works, embedded in the ecology and landscape of the Outer Cape. It includes over 30 works from several series. The show will be on view October 15, 2010 – January 16, 2011, with a free public reception occurring October 22, 2010, at 7-9 pm.

Monica Raymond (Playwriting Finalist ’07, Poetry Finalist ’08) has a photograph of the Cambridge Carnival featured in the current online edition of qarrtsiluni on “Crowds.”

Cristi Rinklin‘s (Painting Fellow ’10) solo exhibition, Paracosmos, opens at Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston and will run from September 30-October 30, with an opening reception on Oct. 1st from 5:30-8 PM. Furthermore, her work is currently included in two group exhibitions: Painting Now, at the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA, on view through October 21, and Crazy Beautiful II, at Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont, NY, on view through November 4.

Work by Leslie Sills (Crafts Fellow ’95) is included in The Teapot Redefined, an exhibition of sculptural teapots at Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge. The show runs through October 31.

Sarah Slifer (Choreography Fellow ’10) is interpreting and performing Charles Olson’s dance-play Apollonius if Tyana for two festivals celebrating the centenary of Olson’s birth. The first festival, Black Mountain North Symposium in Rochester, NY, is on October 3, 11:45 AM. The second festival is Olson 100 in Gloucester on October 10, 1 PM.

Identity Crisis, a new full-length comedy by Peter Snoad (Playwriting Fellow ’09) which received its first staged reading at Provincetown Theatre, in Provincetown, MA in May, is slated for two more staged readings. Centre Stage-South Carolina has selected Identity Crisis as a finalist in its annual new play contest and will present a reading of the play in Greenville, SC on October 21. (Peter won the theater’s 2006 contest with Guided Tour, pictured above.) Next February, HRC Showcase Theater in Hudson, NY will also give Identity Crisis a staged reading as part of its reading series. Peter’s popular short play, My Name is Art, was staged in September at the Short and Sweet Festival in Canberra, Australia after being produced twice in London over the summer – including a slot at the London Fringe Festival – and at Short and Sweet in Singapore.

Congratulations to Tracy Winn (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’08), who received the 2010 Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award! The award is a yearly monetary prize (2009 award was $15,000) to a promising writer to celebrate the memory and literary work of Sherwood Anderson. Also, Tracy reads from her novel Mrs. Somebody Somebody (now in paperback) at Newtonville Books on October 14, 7 pm. Then, she’ll read at Porter Square Books on October 26 at 7 PM, and at Andover Bookstore on October 28, 7 PM.

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Images: David Prifti, EMRYS AND MR. FRENCH (2007), Tintype, 8×10 in; director Steven Bogart and performer Amanda Palmer during a rehearsal for CABARET, photo by Kati Mitchell; score for HURRICANE NOEL by Nathalie Miebach; Poster for GUIDED TOUR, a play by Peter Snoad, performed by Centre Stage-South Carolina, 2007.

Food Truck with a Mission

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Joseph Krupczynski aims to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income communities in Western Massachusetts using a “green” service vehicle through the public art project called the Moveable Feast.

What inspired you to create the Movable Feast Project?
Loretta Yarlow, the director of the University Gallery at UMass asked me if I was interested in putting together a public art project (with community engagement) as part of their contribution to Museums10 Fall 2010 exhibition theme of “Food.” Since I have been working in the last few years with Nuestras Raices in Holyoke (on the design for an educational/restaurant structure for their farm), I thought that they would be an excellent collaborative partner for such a project since their work is “food” and “community” focused. So I started a conversation with the director of Nuestras Raices and asked what projects they were developing that I might contribute to in a public art context. In those conversations I learned that, through their work with the Holyoke Food and Fitness Policy Council, they had identified the development of mobile markets/kitchens as one of the outreach priorities (whose primary objective is to reach low-income neighborhoods in the region with poor access to fresh fruits and vegetables) and they were planning on purchasing a food trailer for that use. Once we knew that the food trailer would be the subject/object of this project, “Moveable Feast” was born.

 

Where do the fruits and vegetables come from?
All the primary ingredients of all the food served from the trailer are sourced from local farms, including farmers from Nuestras Raices, La Finca.

What do you say to people who might say “how can this be art”?
My definition of art is that it should catalyze a renewed perception of our world –and it is my hope that “Movable Feast” is a visual (as well as a culinary) catalyst to re-vision how we see our local food system. I also believe that a public art project such as this can creatively transform local conditions and build uncharacteristic forms of associations among a diverse group of community residents—establishing and elaborating a unique alternate form of sociality. This process allows for the production of “things” (conversations, meals, performances, effects) that are transformed into “artworks” within this broadened framework. The project is an artistic production that also works as a collective learning project—promoting internal reflection, horizontal exchange, and vertical collaborations and partnerships. For me, the project is inspired by the idea that art can expand conventional notions of people, place and the art-making process. It is part of a broader effort to create works through participatory processes where the work’s visual and physical characteristics grow out of a reflective engagement with the community. So the work seeks not to simply “beautify” a site, but to use art and the art-making process as a means to bridge the gaps between the aesthetic, social and everyday perceptions of art and life.

What do you hope to achieve by undertaking the Movable Feast Project?
See above… but, also: One of the social issues/conditions that this project seeks to address is the disparities in access to healthy food –which remain an important challenge today, contributing to obesity and other related health problems. Yet, there are strategies being implemented across the country to address this issue. By providing a context for discussing, highlighting and disseminating information about healthy community-based food practices in Western Massachusetts’ diverse communities, this project seeks to become part of this growing movement (in a small, humble way) that provide realizable solutions.

Is there any fruit or vegetable you are not fond of? (Disclaimer, this ArtSake writer is a vegetarian).
Kiwi! …for some reason it makes me break out.

All dates and locations for the Moveable Feast are subject to change so be sure to check for updates.

Sunday 10/3 1:30 – 3:00 PM & 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Holyoke / Toepfert Apartments, North Summer Street &
Beaudoin Village, Leary Drive

Tuesday 10/5 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Amherst / Food for Thought Books / Panel Discussion
106 North Pleasant Street

Saturday 10/9 10:00 – 2:00PM
Springfield / Mason Square Farmers Market
11 Wilbraham Road

Tuesday 10/12 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Holyoke / El Arco Iris
561 South Canal Street

Image credit: All images courtesy of Joseph Krupczynski.

The Ephemeral Work of Daniel Ranalli

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

To see a world in a grain of sand…
-William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

In October, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum will be exhibiting a twenty-year photographic survey of the work of Daniel Ranalli, MCC ’10 Drawing Fellow. He has a long standing comittment to the creation of conceptual environmental work encompassing the Outer Cape. This is an extraordinary opportunity to see the breadth of his vision, reflect on the power of nature, and comtemplate the balance between order and chaos here on planet earth.

ArtSake: How did you arrive at creating environmental work?
Daniel: For a decade or so before I began this work, I had been doing very abstract work in photography (large scale photograms). I had started spending time on the Outer Cape and realized that I wanted to react to that environment in some way – yet I didn’t want to reproduce the history of Provincetown art still again. I just began walking the beaches and tidal plain in Wellfleet and Truro – it felt like a devotional exercise and I began to gather materials and make things. Piles of seaweed, rows of clam shells, arrangements of rocks – began to emerge from these walks.

ArtSake: What it the biggest challenge to creating a site-specific piece?
Daniel: I think it is probably the need to work on a larger scale than one often expects is necessary. In some of the works – the constructions are 60 to 100 feet long. Anything less out there and they seem too small to matter. Of course the tides just erase most all of them in a day or two and I like that.

ArtSake: What’s the most surprising reaction someone has had looking at your work?
Daniel: There are the reactions from curious onlookers and then other reactions when they are in a gallery or museum space. Onlookers just tend to happen on them when I’m working and I always enjoy the conversation. Most everyone has built sandcastles or played with the same materials as kids and they have a fond memory of it. When I tell them I am an artist, they often ask me ‘What my real work is like?’

ArtSake: What environmental changes to the Outer Cape have you’ve witnessed over the last twenty years?
Daniel: The seashore is always changing – the beaches, especially on the ocean side are constantly being eroded – and not just by inches each year. Storms take away yards of dune in a single season. It makes you realize that it is a very fragile little finger of land protruding into an ocean capable of great power. Also, the dunes in Provincetown are becoming grassy hills. The National Seashore planted them with dune grass 20 or 30 years ago and now when one walks out to the Atlantic from Provincetown there is far less sand visible. I miss the sensuousness of those dunes.

ArtSake: What do you hope people will feel seeing this retrospective?
Daniel: For me the very idea of a ‘retrospective’ is difficult. Like most artists I am very prospective in my approach to my work. It is awkward to look backward. What I hope is that people can get a sense of the conviction that resonates in the work. Work that is conceptual or environmentally based still presents difficulty for many people. I hope to make some converts!

 

Traces: Daniel Ranalli, Cape Work 1987-2007
The Provincetown Art Association and Museum
Exhibition Dates: October 15, 2010 – January 16, 2011
Opening Reception: October 22, 2010, at 7-9 pm.
Curated by Leslie K. Brown

Image credits: All images by Daniel Ranalli.
Top image: Stone Alignment Piece, 1998, Tidal Plain Series, Gelatin silver print, 10 x 10 inches (20 x 16″ framed); Seaweed Pyramid, 1998, Tidal Plain Series, Gelatin silver print, 10 x 10 inches (20 x 16″ framed); Stone Column, 1999 Tidal Plain Series, Gelatin silver print, 10 x 10 inches (20 x 16″ framed); 100′ Stone Line, 1998, Tidal Plain Series, Gelatin silver print, 10 x 10 inches (20 x 16″ framed); Horseshoe Crab Triangle, 1991, Tidal Plain Series Photograph, gelatin silver print, 10″x10 image (20″x16″ framed); Rock Removal Piece, 1989, Tidal Plain Series, Gelatin silver print, 10 x 10 inches (20 x 16″ framed).

“Every Mark I Make Seems to Fade Away”, 1992, Photographic Triptych, 13”x40”

“Snail Drawing Series: Spiral #9”, 1995, Photographic diptych, 20”x28”

“Squid Returning”, 1995,  Photographic triptych, 12”x30”

“Zen Dune Series: Thalassa #6, 2007, 22”x34”

Sept. 20 Artist Fellowships Deadline Fast Approaching!

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Composers, dramatic writers, and sculpture/installation artists: the deadline to apply for a 2011 Artist Fellowship in Music Composition, Playwriting, or Sculpture/Installation is this Monday, September 20, 2010 (this is a postmark deadline for mailed materials).

In other words: there’s still time! Read full program guidelines and apply – pronto, ASAP, and post haste.

The fellowships are anonymously-judged grants of $7,500 and finalist awards $500, based solely on the artistic excellence of the work submitted.

In this post you can see/hear some of the work that’s been successful in this grant; the image is a still from the performance piece Bailout by TRIIIBE (Sculpture/Installation Fellows ’09); in the audio clip you can hear Company One performing a scene from Reservoir by 2009 Playwriting Fellow Eric Henry Sanders.

And check out our tips for applying, based on feedback from past Artist Fellowships panelists and our own observations.

Image and media: Still from the performance piece BAILOUT (2008) by TRIIIBE; Company One performs a scene from Reservoir by Eric Henry Sanders (Playwriting Fellow ’09), directed by Shawn LaCount, with Fedna Jacquet as Psychiatrist and Brett Marks as Hasek.

Dog Power: Matthew Mazzotta’s Park Spark Project

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

ArtSake’s extreme fondness for all things canine has lead us to share with you a most wonderful public art project created in partnership with the Cambridge Arts Council. Tired of looking for a trash barrel to deposit the daily waste created by Fido or Poochie? It is a waste of waste. So Matthew Mazzotta has created the Park Spark Project, a public methane digester in Pacific Street Park that uses dog waste and turns it into energy. It is the first dog park methane digester installed in the U.S. (yeah Cambridge)! We caught up with Matthew to have him to tell us more. 

What inspired you to create this project?
“Actually, I was walking down the street and I saw my friend Clay, who I don’t see that often, walking his dog. He said he was going to the dog park so I went with him to catch up with how he was doing. I had recently gone to India, with MIT’s D-lab program to study appropriate technologies. Having been interested in methane digesters for years, I was able to see them being used firsthand in India. There, women collect the cow dung with their hands and mix it up with water and then dump it into their digesters. Somewhat similar to what people do at dog parks, but the women in India don’t wear bags on their hands.

Sitting at Pacific Street Dog Park watching the dogs, I saw an almost overflowing garbage can full of dog waste and said to Clay ‘In other countries, people use that for fuel to cook with, that can is just a pile of energy.’

Even though we don’t see many small-scale digesters in the US, we are starting to see them on farms. As the issues around climate change are becoming more debated, methane is now being seen to be 30-70 times more potent as a green house gas than Carbon Dioxide. That means animal farms are being targeted as environmental polluters.

The Park Spark project is making visible how we as the city handle the waste from the animals of our communities and what the potential can be. Although, in India, the methane collected goes to a stove to cook with, I started imagining what a community of a city would use their energy for.”

What has been the most surprising thing to result from this project?
“Although, I wrote a grant to MIT to fund the project, I have been in conversation with the city about doing this for almost a year. There have been many discussions about this project, sometimes hopeful and sometimes not so much. The most surprising aspect, and the one I find amazing, is that I was able to work with the city and realize something so new and experimental. With many different parts of the city giving advice, I think the project was actually improved from what I had initially proposed. It was inspiring to see that someone can work with the city and achieve great results.”

What do you imagine dogs think about this?
“Well, I think that every dog that has entered the park has blessed the project (by peeing on it), so even if they don’t understand the implications of the Park Spark, it is nice to see that they are more than willing to live with it.”

The Park Spark Project Location: (Sidney St. between Pacific and Tudor), Cambridge, MA
Dates: August 25 – September 25, 2010

First Meeting: Wednesday, September 1st at 7:00 p.m.*
Livable Streets Alliance
100 Sidney Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
*Humans only
Learn more about the Park Spark Project
Image credits: All images courtesy of Matthew Mazzotta


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