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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
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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
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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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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: 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
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“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.

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Definitely video clips worth spreading.

Fellows Notes – July 11

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Set off some dazzling fireworks (naturally, I mean safely and legally) – it’s time to celebrate July’s news and notes from past MCC fellows/finalists.

Shakedown, an exhibition at DODGE Gallery in NYC, includes work by Taylor Davis (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’99), Sheila Gallagher (Drawing Finalist ’10), and Laurel Sparks (Painting Fellow ’04). The show also features Massachusetts artists Robert de Saint Phalle, Jane Fox Hipple, and Douglas Weathersby, among others.

Rebecca Doughty (Painting Finalist ’10), Eric Gottesman (Photography Fellow ’09), Frances Hamilton (Drawing Fellow ’98), and Dawn Southworth (Drawing/Printmaking/Artist Books Finalist ’04) are all exhibiting work in Picture Books, featuring art in all media that pictures, or, references a book within the composition, or, is a book of some kind. The show runs at Clark Gallery in Lincoln through August 6, 2011.

Chuck Holtzman (Drawing Fellow ’06), Joel Janowitz (Painting Fellow ’08) and Harold Reddicliffe (Painting Fellow ’10) join Mary Armstrong, Carol Gove, Conley Harris, and Anne Lilly for an exhibition at Victoria Munroe Fine Art in Boston. The show of drawings, paintings, and sculpture runs through August 20, 2011.

Camilo Ramirez (Photography Fellow ’09) and Irina Rozovsky (Photography Finalist ’09) are exhibiting in a dual show of their recent photography, called Details at a Distance. The show runs at Fountain Studios in Brooklyn, NY, July 9-30, 2011, with an opening reception July 9, 7-10 PM.

An installation of the work of Karen Aqua (Film & Video Fellow ’11), called Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, will be on exhibit at the Brickbottom Gallery in Somerville, through July 10, 2011. The exhibition features pastel drawings, sounds, and video from Karen’s final film, Taxonomy, which was completed one month before her untimely passing on May 30, 2011. There will be a memorial tribute to Karen’s life and work on July 10, 2011, 2 PM, at the Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville.

Sweetgrass, a film by Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor (Film & Video Fellows ’11), will be broadcast on PBS as part of the POV series starting July 5, 2011.

Congratulations to Michele Caniato (Music Composition Fellow ’07) for receiving a Fulbright award. He will be in Helsinki, Finland for four months starting in September, hosted by Metropolia University and will be composing, conducting, and lecturing.

On her blog, Cheryl Clark (Poetry Finalist ’10) added an audio recording of her reading from the Commonwealth Reading Series this past March 2011.

Patrick Donnelly (Poetry Fellow ’08) has a great interview on the Mass Poetry Festival blog, where he discusses opportunities available at The Frost Place, a poetry education center where he is Director of the Advanced Seminar.

Janet Echelman (Crafts & Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’09) was recently interviewed by CNN!

Samantha Fields (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’11) has a solo show, Ecstasy and Common Sense, at NK Gallery in Boston. The show will run July 6-29, 2011, with an opening reception July 8, 6-8 PM.

Laura Harrington‘s (Playwriting Fellow ’05, ’97) novel Alice Bliss is a People Pick, receiving four out of four stars in the July 4th issue of People Magazine. Laura will join JoeAnn Hart for a reading on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 7:30 PM, at Gloucester Writer’s Center (call for start time). Laura will also have a joint reading with fellow debut author Rebecca Makkai at the Boston Public Library (Tues, July 12, 2011, 6 PM). And, she’ll have a talk, Q&A, and signing at Stellina’s Restaurant in Watertown, on Wednesday, July 13, 6-7:30 PM.

Gregory Hischak‘s (Playwriting Finalist ’11) new full-length play Volcanic in Origin had its world premiere at the Source Festival in Washington D.C. and runs through July 3, 2011. Read an essay about the play by its dramaturg LaRonika Thomas.

Congratulations to Rania Matar (Photography Fellow ’11, ’07), whose A Girl and Her Room series is featured in a same-titled exhibition at The Mosaic Rooms in London, UK (through July 23, 2011). Also, Umbrage Editions will print a book of photos from the A Girl and Her Room series, scheduled for release Spring 2012. Rania’s exceptional work has recently been awarded the Legacy Award by Debra Klomp Ching in conjunction with the 17th Juried Exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography (through August 29); First Place at the Off the Wall Exhibit at the Danforth Museum of Art (through August 7, 2011); First Prize at The Julia M. Cameron Awards: Category Portrait, People and Figure; and Winner in the PDN Magazine Photo Annual 2011 in the Personal Category (featured in the June 2011 edition). Rania’s work is included in a number of group shows: University of Maine Museum of Art Photo National 2011 Exhibition (through September 24, 2011); Photographic Resource Center Exposure 2011 Exhibit (opening reception: July 21, 6:30PM, exhibit through August 21); Beirut Exhibition Center, Rebirth: Lebanon 21st Century Contemporary Art (through July 24, 2011).

Rachel Mello (Painting Finalist ’10) has a solo show of works from her Cities and Shadows Series at Soapbox Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, July 8 through July 20, 2011. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, July 9 5-7 PM. Rachel’s monoprint School of Pliers in Peril is featured in Crest Hardware Art Show in Brooklyn, NY, a show that features art inspired by and/or involving hardware. The show runs through July 30. Also, Rachel’s work was recently featured in Multiple/Unique at the Washington Street Art Center in Somerville.

Congratulations to Nathalie Miebach (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’09), who received a TED Global Fellowship! As part of the Fellowship, she’ll participate in the TED Global Conference, which will be held in Edinburgh (UK), July 11-15, 2011.

Caleb Neelon (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’07) was one of the innovative thinkers invited to speak at the June 2011 TEDxBoston! Read a recent interview with Caleb on the Converse blog.

Liz Nofziger (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’05) is among the artists in Shifting Terrain: Landscape Video at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH. The exhibition runs July 2-September 18, 2011, with an opening reception July 7, 5:30-7:30 PM.

Masha Obolensky‘s (Playwriting Finalist ’11) ten-minute Girls Play has been selected to participate in The Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival. The festival, now in its 36th year, takes place at The Lion Theatre on Theatre Row in NYC on July 19-24. Read an interview with the playwright on the Festival’s blog.

Monica Raymond‘s (Playwriting Finalist ’07, Poetry Finalist ’08) story Ludd and the Perkadoodles was a runner up for the contestoria contest at HERE ARTS CENTER. Read it online.

Alison Safford (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’03) just completed a solo show at Gallery 303 at the New England Institute of Art.

Katy Schneider (Painting Fellow ’00) is featured in Inside/Out, a dual show with David Gloman of expressive landscapes and interiors, at studio21south in North Adams, through July 10, 2011.

Congratulations to Tracy Heather Strain and Randall MacLowry (Film & Video Fellows ’07), whose Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project won a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts!

Naoe Suzuki (Drawing Fellow ’06) is collaborating with the theatre company Dramahound Productions for a fascinating multi-media installation. Mi Tigre, My Lover at the Open Source Gallery in Brooklyn, NY features a play based on Naoe’s paintings, which are inspired by early 20th century female tiger trainer Mabel Stark. The paintings serve as the backdrop for a play by Anne Phelan. The play runs June 25-July 9, 2011, at 306 17th Street, between 5th and 6th Ave, South Slope, Brooklyn.

Rachel Perry Welty‘s (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’09, Drawing Fellow ’04) Rachel Perry Welty 24/7 at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Musueum was very favorably reviewed in Art in America Magazine.

Nine Houses: nine matted archival pigment prints by Maxine Yalovitz-Blankenship (Drawing Fellow ’83, Painting Finalist ’82, ’83), has just been published by Tahawus Press. The prints are in a clothbound boxed folio, limited to an edition of fifty, and are accompanied by text and poetry, written in response to the images, by Alan Lightman, Maxine Kumin, Florence Ladd, John Baeder, Elizabeth McKim, and her fellow Guggenheim Fellows: Morris Halle, Philip Levine, Ann Patchett, and Richard Wendorf.

Kevin Young (Poetry Fellow ’10) will present an afternoon of poetry at The Mount, the historic home of Edith Wharton in Lenox, MA. The reading, presented in partnership with the Amy Clampitt Fund, is on July 9, 2011, at 4 PM. Tickets are $12 and are available online.

Evan Ziporyn (Music Composition Fellow ’11) will present in The Music of Evan Ziporyn on Thursday, July 7, 2011, 8 PM, at the Shalin Liu Performance Center as part of the Rockport Music Festival. The composer will perform along with musicians including “friends from Bang on a Can.” Speaking of: from July 13 through July 31, the tenth annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival takes place at MASS MoCA in North Adams. Evan Ziporyn, who has been actively involved in the festival since its inception, will pariticpate in the Festival, which is dedicated to programming today’s most innovative new music and includes public performances, recitals, and lectures, plus workshops for participants in everything from Balinese music to improvisation, master classes, music business seminars, and more.

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Images: production photo from Masha Obolensky’s GIRLS PLAY, featuring scenic design by Caitlin Fergus; Samantha Fields, Detail of SHE SPEAKS FOLLY IN A THOUSAND HOLY WAYS; Liz Nofziger, PORE; Evan Ziporyn, photo by Kevin Yatarola.

Spot On Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

New Media The 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.