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Calling My Children at Boston Public Library, 5/7

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
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We’re happy to share that a screening of Calling My Children (watch an excerpt, above), a documentary film by David Binder (Film & Video Fellow ’11) about a Boston-area family devastated by AIDS, is taking place at the Boston Public Library‘s Rabb Lecture Hall on May 7, 2014, 6-8 PM.

The event celebrates a special broadcast of the documentary on PBS in May and will include a conversation with and photo exhibition by David, as well as a special recognition from the office of Gov. Deval Patrick.

Learn more (PDF).

Fellows Notes – Apr 14

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gifted & Talented Artist Opportunities

Friday, December 6th, 2013

And you thought YOU had skills!

Of Note Grant workshop for nonfiction filmmakers. Join the LEF Foundation team on December 11 at 6:30PM for a free grant workshop hosted by the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. LEF Program Director Sara Archambault will conduct the workshop at MassArt. This event is free and open to the public. Potential applicants can learn about LEF’s basic guidelines and requirements, watch samples from recently funded LEF films, hear about LEF’s new online submission process, and enjoy some free snacks and conversation. RSVP to LEF Program Assistant Genevieve Carmel at Learn more.

Sculptors Calling all sculptors! The Arts & Business Council is seeking sculpture of extraordinary quality to show in prominent corporate exhibitions in the Boston area. Honoraria is offered for works accepted in the exhibition. Artists can submit works for review using an online form. Details and application. Questions? Contact Lia O’Donnell at
Deadline: Rolling

Arts Festival The 2014 Melrose Arts Festival (Friday, April 25-Sunday, April 27, 2014) accepts Fine Art and Fine Craft in all media including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, drawing, assemblage/mixed media, wood, clay, metal and glass. The three day festival is an exhibition and sale features original fine arts and fine crafts by over 40 juried artist exhibitors from Melrose and surrounding areas. All displayed art will be for sale throughout the three opening days. All work must be handmade and the original design of the artist. Submit a CD with three jpgs of your work, along with a brief list with descriptions of your samples and $10 submission fee. Learn more.
Deadline: December 14, 2013

Writers PEN American Literary Awards offers a range of prestigious prizes in fiction, nonfiction, science writing, playwriting, sports writing, biography, books by authors of color, children’s, young adult, and picture books, poetry, translations, and editing. Learn more.
Deadline: December 16, 2013

Large-scale collaborative Projects Beam Camp is seeking proposals for projects from Engineers, Architects, Designers, Sculptors, Builders, Chefs, Agriculturists, Videographers, Technologists, Artists and Makers of all kinds. You supply the vision and plan. Beam will supply 100+ energetic campers and staff and 700+ acres of forest, mountain and lakes as studio, canvas and workshop. Every year Beam commissions unique projects that serve as centerpieces of each Beam session. Beam Camp is a 8-week summer program comprised of two sessions for kids aged 7-17 in Strafford, New Hampshire. Learn more.
Deadline: January 12, 2014

Visual Arts Fellowships Applications are now being accepted for visual arts Fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. The Fellowships provide an opportunity for emerging artists to spend seven months working at their Cape Cod facility. Each year, ten fellowships are awarded to visual artists (applications from writers and poets were due December 1). Learn more.
Deadline: February 1, 2014

Fellows Notes – Dec 13

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Put your seasonal worries aside and read this news from past MCC Fellows/Finalists. It’s flavored with a hint of nutmeg!*

Julie Levesque and Joshua Meyer are both being exhibited by Rice Polak Gallery as part of Aqua Art Miami (12/4-12/8).

Laura Andel (who won an MCC Artist Fellowship in 1999), is a 2013 fellow in Music/Sound from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Earlier this year, she won the First Prize at the composition contest of the Argentina Music Council, a partner of the International Music Council and Unesco for her 50-minute work khartes.

Congratulations to Simeon Berry, whose poetry collection Ampersand Revisited won the National Poetry Series Award and will be published by Fence Books!

Mary Jane Doherty‘s documentary Secundaria has been accepted into Cuba’s International Film Festival (Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano 2013, 12/5-12/15). Early in 2014, the film will screen as part of the Dance on Camera Film Festival at the Film Society at Lincoln Center in New York (2/2/14).

Janet Echelman was recently profiled on the Harvard Arts Blog.

Eric Gottesman revisits the controversial Ethiopian novel Oromaye in the exhibition One Needs To Listen To The Characters One Creates at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC (thru 12/13, artist talk 12/17, 7 PM).

Scott Listfield has work in Gallery 1988′s Crazy 4 Cult show in New York (thru 12/21). He’ll also be in the second Crazy 4 Cult book; book signing at the gallery on 12/14, 12-4 PM. He also has prints in Gallery 33′s dinosaur-themed show Feathers (thru 1/5/14), in Amsterdam.

Caitlin McCarthy‘s scientific drama screenplay Wonder Drug is included in the prestigious Black List’s Real Time Top List. Black List spotlights excellent, as-yet-unproduced screenplays.

Nathalie Miebach‘s work is featured on the cover of American Craft Magazine (with a great article by Joyce Lovelace).

Andrew Mowbray‘s exhibition Another Utopia is at LaMontagne Gallery in Boston (thru 12/21, artist talk 12/14, 1 PM). Read a review of the show in the Boston Globe.

Mary O’Malley is part of 13 Forest Gallery’s 6th Annual Holiday Show, Plenty (thru 1/10/14). She’ll be taking part in Open Studios at Porter Mills in Beverly (12/14, 10 AM-4 PM). She’ll be in the December Holiday show Off the Grid at Artstream Studios in Dover, NH (opening reception 12/6, 5:30-7:39 PM). Finally, she’s one of the artists in Still Life Lives! at Fitchburg Art Museum (thru 1/12/14).

Daniel Ranalli has a major exhibition of new work at Gallery Kayafas in Boston: New Snail Drawings (thu 1/18/14, opening reception 12/6, 5:30-8 PM).

Elizabeth Whyte Schulze’s work was mentioned in the Boston Globe’s Pick of the Day about an exhibition she’s in, All Things Considered VII: National Basketry Organization Juried Exhibition at the Fuller Craft Museum.

Sarah Slifer Swift will present new dance work as part of the Third Life Studio Choreographer Series in Somerville, 12/13, 8 PM.

Laurel Sparks is the curator of See with Fingers, an exhibition at the Barbara Walters Gallery at Sarah Lawrence College (thru 12/20).

Congratulations to Michael Teig, whose second poetry collection There’s a Box in the Garage You Can Beat with a Stick has been published by BOA Editions.

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

Image: from the BOTANICAL STUDY series by Mary O’Malley (Drawing Fellow ’06).

* In text form.

The Artist Opportunities Inkwell

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Call for Artwork The Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston is seeking artwork of extraordinary quality to show in prominent corporate exhibitions in the Boston area. Honoraria is offered for works accepted in the exhibit. Artists can submit up to ten works for review using our online form. Learn more. Questions? Contact Lia O’Donnell at

Call to Student Artists Hey all you young dudes, carry the news, the Harbor Gallery at UMass Boston is proud to present the second annual Young Boston Artists juried exhibition, yBos 2. Work accepted can be 2D and 3D work. Applicants must either be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program or have been enrolled in one or graduated from one within the last two years (not before Fall 2011). Learn more.
Deadline: October 21, 2013 (midnight)

Playwrights The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT is now accepting scripts for development during the 2014 National Playwrights Conference. Those selected are awarded residency with a stipend, housing, meals, and transportation for July 2014 to support an intensive rehearsal process and two script-in-hand public readings. Unproduced plays of any length or genre are eligible to submit, with a $35 fee. Learn more.
Deadline: October 25, 2013

Call for Art The Belmont Gallery of Art is currently accepting submissions for the open juried show “Inspired by Winslow Homer.” Learn more.
Deadline: October 27, 1-4 p.m

Call for Art The Golden Thread Gallery in West Hartford, CT, is accepting entries for their exhibition Light. Learn more.
Deadline: October 29, 2013

LGBT Filmmakers The Frameline Film and Video Completion Fund provides grants of up to $5,000 to emerging and established lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender filmmakers. Projects must be about LGBT people and their communities; any film or video format of any length and genre is eligible. Applicant must have creative and financial control of project; students may apply as long as they maintain control. Learn more.
Deadline: October 31, 2013

Women Filmmakers The Women’s International Film & Arts Festival in Fort Lauderdale, FL, is seeking films that were either produced, directed, written, or edited by women. The following categories are accepted: Narrative Feature (50+ minutes), Narrative Short (49 minutes or less), Documentary Feature (50+ minutes), Documentary Short (49 minutes or less), Reel girls, Real women (student film about girls issues), Family films (suitable for all ages), Music Video (between 3-5 minutes, with a “G” or “PG” rating). Learn more.
Deadline: October 31, 2013

Encaustic Art The Nave Gallery Annex in Somerville, MA, invites artists to participate in their juried exhibition 65°: An Exhibition of Contemporary Encaustic Art. 65° Centigrade is the approximate melting point for beeswax, the material used by many encaustic artists. This exhibition highlights the variety of techniques, materials and subject matter being used by today’s wax artists. Both 2D and 3D work will be considered. Learn more.
Deadline: November 2, 2013

Cartoonists The Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies are proud to announce the second annual Cartoonist Studio Prize. The two award categories for the Cartoonist Studio Prize are Graphic Novel of the Year and Web Comic of the Year, awarded $1,000 each. In addition, this year award sponsor Copic is providing each winner with $250 of art supplies. Learn more.
Deadline: December 31, 2013

Image credit: From Max Fleischer’s Bubbles, part of his Out of the Inkwell series.

Zapped! Artist Opportunities

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

From our blog into your brain.

Call to Artists The Cambridge Art Association has extended the deadline for their Red Biennial 2013. Open to artists living in the Northeast working in all media. Show dates: December 11, 2013 – January 24, 2014. This year’s juror is Amy Sadao, Daniel Dietrich II Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more.
Extended Deadline: October 10, 2013

Latino Films and Filmmakers San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 13-23, 2014, San Diego, CA) is seeking innovative works by, about, or for the Latino community, produced between 2012-2014, in a range of genres and lengths. Submission fees range from $25-$60. Learn more.
Deadline: October 11, 2013 (regular), November 8, 2013 (late)

Artist-Entrepreneurs Applications are now being accepted for the Assets for Artists‘ fall 2013 grant cycle for artist-entrepreneurs living or operating their creative business anywhere in Massachusetts. Eligible applicants include artists in all disciplines – visual artists, performers, designers, photographers, film-makers, artisans, etc. – whose practice would benefit from the opportunity to receive working capital funds and improve their financial and business management skills to make valuable investments aimed at growing their creative enterprises. Learn more.
Deadline: October 11, 2013

Filmmakers Indie Boots Film Festival is seeking short film (20 minutes maximum) submissions for the annual spring festival in Chicago. DVD and online submissions accepted. All genres are welcome, especially ones with featured underrepresented characters (women, people of color, LGBTQ characters, etc.). No fee. Learn more.
Deadline: October 15, 2013 (early), January 15, 2014 (regular), February 14, 2014 (late)

Female Poets with First Books Persea Books offers the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize of $1,000 and publication, given annually for an unpublished, first book of poetry by a woman in the United States. The winner also receives a six-week, all-expenses-paid residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy. Submit a manuscript of at least 40 pages with a $25 entry fee. Learn more.
Deadline: October 31, 2013

Drawing The University of North Carolina Asheville invites artists to submit entries to Drawing Discourse, a national juried exhibition of contemporary drawing. Accepted work will be exhibited in UNC Asheville’s S. Tucker Cooke Gallery from January 17-March 17, 2014. The exhibition will be accompanied by $750 of awards and a full color catalogue. $30 submission fee for one image, $5 each additional image. Read the prospectus (PDF).
Deadline: November 4, 2013 (for mailed submissions); November 17, 2013 (for online submissions using CAFÉ)

Public Art Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), in collaboration with residents and a broad range of community-based partners, is seeking to commission a professional artist, artisan, architect, landscape architect, or teams thereof to create artwork for permanent display in the Upham’s Corner neighborhood of Dorchester. Strong preference will be given to local artists and to artists who demonstrate an interest in community-led art making processes. Budget: up to $500,000. See submission guidelines and read full RFQ.
Deadline: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 2:59PM

Photographers Entries are now being accepted for the Aperture Portfolio Prize 2014. First prize is $3,000 and an exhibition at Aperture Gallery. The first-prize winner and up to five runners-up will be featured on Aperture’s website, where their images will be accompanied by a brief statement written by Aperture staff. Learn more.
Deadline: November 27, 2013, at 12:00 pm EDT.

Of Note October 10, 2013 marks the first workshop in the Fall 2013 Professional Artists Series at Danforth Art. Workshops in October and November on business, marketing, copyright, and other career-advancing topics for artists are offered by experienced local art professionals. Learn more.

Of Note: CCTV’s new Social Media Training Series for Artists offered in collaboration with the Cambridge Art Association and with funding from the Cambridge Arts Council.  Learn more.

Of Note: Artists may now register for the annual Artists Under the Dome event on Nov 13th. Learn more.

Fellows Notes – Oct 13

Monday, September 30th, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Do You Use Online Platforms as an Artist?

Monday, September 9th, 2013

From Bruce Myren’s THE FORTIETH PARALLEL project

There are numerous online platforms artists can use to share, promote, sell, or otherwise advance their work. Each platform presents many possible uses, making the task of navigating how best to use them ever more complex.

We asked artists in different disciplines, What is your strategy for using online platforms, as an artist?

Henriette Lazaridis Power, writer and editor
I think the first thing you have to do with online platforms is to decide what aspects of yourself you want to present as part of your public image, your brand, as it were. There’s your book (if you’re a writer), but there might also be a hobby or a political viewpoint or a social issue that are all important parts of who you are. Online, you want to be touching on those various elements on a regular basis. For instance, I’m a novelist and a rower and I’m Greek-American and I edit a literary magazine (The Drum). So I use my Facebook page (both personal and author), as well as Twitter and my blog on the Huffington Post to keep those aspects of my personality alive online. For one Huffpo post, I might write about something to do with Greece; for another, about rowing; and for yet another, about the art of reading aloud (since that pertains to my audio-only literary magazine). The idea is that all these different pieces present a complete picture – and also one that is varied enough to offer something for a few different groups of people. I also feel strongly that it’s important to one’s peace of mind to be sincere and honest always. If you’re going to enthuse about someone else’s novel, be sure you really do love it. Your integrity isn’t worth the few extra likes or page-views you’ll get. When you do feel strongly about someone else’s work, your enthusiasm will be all the more powerful.

Seth Lepore, performing artist
Being a solo performer I don’t see the point in creating a separate entity for my business. I make my Facebook posts public, let people subscribe to my feed or friend me. I use Twitter mainly for touring and crowdfunding purposes as it’s not my favorite platform. Google+ is a weird one. I love the look of it but it still seems very aimed at tech junkies.

The thing I’ve been using the most lately is Instagram. I love the simplicity of taking an interesting shot, tagging it and posting it to FB and Twitter with ease. I think visuals go a long way and I tend to get a lot of comments and likes from those posts or by going in depth in a FB post about something I feel strongly about.

I try to update my blog once a month and make the posts relevant to other artists as sharing information on touring, marketing and PR is so valuable. My site is my home base for everything. I’m constantly trying to point everyone to go there and my email list is gold. I limit my newsletters to once a month and if I don’t have anything relevant to say or share I don’t.

Ellie Lee, writer, director, producer of the web series Chinafornia
When we came up with the idea for “Chinafornia” and spent some time pitching our pilot to network executives, it became apparent that an online platform would make the most sense, because of the Asian characters, politics and satire in our series – there’s a diversity in online talent & content that you would never see on network or cable channels. While you can probably count the number of prominent Asian American actors and directors currently on television on two hands, Asian American filmmakers have been able to attract & sustain huge audiences on YouTube. For example, Asian American actor/writer/directors Wong Fu Productions (1.8 million subscribers), KevJumba (3 million subscribers), and Riya Higa (a whopping 10 million subscribers) have found extraordinary success online. But the road to attracting that kind of audience online is really challenging, and we have a lot of work ahead of us if we want to try to be competitive with millions of other online content creators.

Bruce Myren, photographer
Part of my recent strategy has been to create a unified brand across social media platforms. This past summer I started to change my online identity from various names, Bee Digital, Bruce Myren, and other variations of my name to Bruce Myren Studio. I have a page on Facebook for the studio and use it along with Twitter to share news and events in real time to my followers. Ultimately I use these platforms to drive traffic to my website, but sites like Tumblr and Pinterest allow me to experiment or make visual notes to share with the world.

My most successful experience with social media was last summer using Kickstarter to fund the completion of “The Fortieth Parallel.” Through the use of Facebook and Twitter, I was able to reach a worldwide audience and reach my goal in the first week of a 40-day campaign. I was also able to generate press by directly targeting media outlets with Tweets and tagged Facebook posts. This resulted in the project being promoted by, The Huffington Post, and Fast Company Design, among others, creating international exposure, and a new GPS unit from Magellan.

Related reading: Getting More Out of Getting Online, a guest post by Jessica Burko


Ellie Lee is an award-winning director, writer & producer of animated, fiction, and documentary films. Her Web series, Chinafornia, was successfully funded by Kickstarter and will air its first season online.

Seth Lepore is a writer, humorist, musician and solo performer. His workshop The Nuts and Bolts of Being a Performing Artist, a crash course in running a successful and sustainable business as a performing artist, will take place on Saturday, September 21, 9AM-6PM, at Flywheel Arts in Easthampton. Register at Easthampton City Arts.

Bruce Myren is an artist and photographer based in Cambridge, MA. His series The Fortieth Parallel will be on exhibit at Gallery Kayafas in Boston September 6–October 12, 2013.

Henriette Lazaridis Power is an author and publisher/editor of the audio literary journal The Drum. She will read from her novel The Clover House at Weston Public Library on Thursday, September 19 at 7 PM.

Image: Bruce Myren, N 40° 00′ 00″ W 91° 00′ 00″ CLAYTON, ILLINOIS (2012), from THE FORTIETH PARALLEL project.

Fellows Notes – Sep 13

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Take a break from back-to-school shopping (pencils pencils need more pencils!) and check out this month’s news from past MCC Fellows/Finalists.

The show Pedigree at the New Art Center includes Elizabeth Alexander, Caleb Cole, Cynthia Consentino, Joo Lee Kang, and Shelley Reed, among others. The show is curated by Liz Devlin of FLUX.Boston and runs 9/16-10/14.

The New England Photography Biennial at Danforth Art features Rick Ashley, Keiko Hiromi, Asia Kepka, Greer Muldowney, and Toni Pepe Dan, among others, and runs 9/8-11/3.

Edie Bresler and Colleen Kiely are both included in the group show Confabulation at the Trustman Gallery at Simmons College (thru 10/3, opening reception 9/12, 5-7 PM).

Scott Listfield and Matt Brackett are exhibiting in Buddy System (9/5-9/28) at Breeze Block Gallery in Portland, OR.

Sandy Litchfield and Jen Simms created a site-specific mixed media installation, Overlap, on view at the Holyoke Community College Taber Art Gallery (9/3-10/3, reception/artist talk 9/18, noon-2 PM).

Rick Ashley gave a spotlight talk at the recent Danforth Art Fall Open House.

Liza Bingham is part of a 4-person show at the Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown (9/20-10/29).

Cree Bruins has a solo show, Now, and Then, at Danforth Art (9/8-11/3).

Timothy Coleman‘s new cabinet “Summer” is featured at the Society of Arts and Crafts on Newbury Street in Creative Minds, Disciplined Hands (thru 10/19, reception 9/20, 6 PM). And his work “Yew and Me” will be at the Fuller Craft Museum in Made in Massachusetts: Studio Furniture of the Bay State, part of the Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture project.

Betsy Damian illustrated the children’s book I Am a Child of the Caribbean / M se yon timoun Karayib, which is now available on Amazon.

Janet Echelman was ranked number 1 in Oprah Magazine’s Wow List!

Andrea Sherrill Evans has a solo show, In the Clearing, at the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery at Montserrat College of Art (thru 10/12, opening reception 9/16, 5-7 PM, Artist Talk 9/17 11:30 AM). She’s also participating in 8-Hour Projects: Performativity at The Bowman~Penelec~Megahan Art Galleries at Allegheny College (thru 9/22) and the upcoming Mean Girls exhibition at Penn State New Kensington Art Gallery (October).

Vico Fabbris has an exhibition of paintings at Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown (8/29-9/11, opening reception 8/30, 7 PM).

Georgie Friedman has re-installed her nine foot tall installation Dark Swell for an exhibition at the Morlan Gallery at Transylvania University in Kentucky (9/6-10/11).

Danielle Legros Georges will read in the South End Writes Reading Series at the South End Branch Library (9/10, 6:30 PM). She’ll also read with Alice Kociemba as part of the Cervana Barva Press Reading Series at Center for the Arts at the Armory in Somerville (9/19, 7 PM).

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

Gregory Hischak is among the poets reading in the 8th Annual Poetry Showcase at the Plymouth Center for the Arts (9/14, 1 PM).

Cathy Jacobowitz‘s novel One-Way Rain has been released. Read about the author’s decision to self-publish the novel.

Wendy Jehlen will perform her solo dance work Lilith at Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown (9/12-9/15). Details at

Zehran Khan and Tim Winn created the installation The Right Whale, exhibiting as part of 10 Days of Art, Town Hall, Provincetown, MA (9/13-9/22, opening 9/13, 5-8 PM).

Kathryn Kulpa will read with Judah Leblang and CD Collins as part of the Cervana Barva Press Reading Series at Center for the Arts at the Armory in Somerville (9/12, 7 PM).

Rania Matar is among the artists in She Who Tells a Story, an exhibition of female photographers from the Arab world at MFA Boston (thru 1/12/14). Also, her solo show L’Enfant Femme is at Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston (9/5-10/26, reception 9/6, 5:30-7:30 PM).

Matthew Mazzotta worked with Coleman Center for the Arts in York, Alabama to create a work of community-building public art, Open House. The artist designed a structure that resembles a house and opens up to create an open air theatre. See more.

Caitlin McCarthy wrote a guest post on the Stage 32 blog about development of her film Wonder Drug.

Nathalie Miebach is in a group show called All Things Considered hosted by the National Basketry Organization, at Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft in Gatlinburg, TN (thru 10/19). Also, her solo show Changing Waters is at the California Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles (9/25/13-1/14/14).

Mary O’Donoghue‘s short story “Ghost Estate” appeared in the journal Literary Imagination in July 2013. At the beginning of the year, her short story “Honest, or Nine Precious Insights” appeared in audio format in The Drum.

Congratulations to Dave Ortega, who won First Place in the Comics Workshop Composition Competition.

Wilma Pruitt‘s play Rising Water is being produced by Jelupa Productions at Appleton Auditorium in the Fuller Arts Center, Springfield College (9/13-9/15).

Matt Rich has two solo shows this month: Matt Rich: Lookout Parade at Emerson-Dorsch in Miami, FL (thru 10/12) and Matt Rich at Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas, TX (thru 11/16).

Susan Rivo is launching an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign for her film Left on Pearl with an event at the Cambridge Community Center (9/15, 7-9 PM).

Elizabeth Whyte Schulze‘s basketry is featured in the show Celebrating the Vessel at Mobilia Gallery (9/14-10/31).

Peter Jay Shippy reads with DJ Dolack and Dara Wier in the BASH Reading Series at Brookline Booksmith (9/13, 7 PM).

Congratulations to Peter Snoad: Hibernian Hall, a multicultural arts center in Roxbury, has made him its Visiting Playwright for 2013/14 and will produce four of his full-length plays. First up will be the premiere of Raising David Walker, which runs October 24-27. Set in 1979 during Boston’s busing crisis, the play tells the story of a young Black woman and her life-changing quest to discover if the Black abolitionist David Walker was assassinated. Vincent Ernest Siders is directing. The three plays by Peter to be staged in 2014 are The Draft, Guided Tour, and Identity Crisis. Production dates have yet to be announced.

Lewis Spratlan will be in residence during September and October at the Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities in Bogliasco, Italy, where he will be working on a new opera. His Horn Quartet, in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre, will be premiered at the Five College New Music Festival in Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass, Amherst (9/7, 7:30 PM).

A staged reading of Joyce Van Dyke‘s Deported / a dream play will be performed at Clark University Little Center, Michelson Theater (9/10, 7 PM). Judy Braha directs, and a q&a will follow the reading.

August Ventimiglia‘s solo show, Borrowed Lines, is at Matteawan Gallery in Beacon, New York (9/14-10/5, opening reception 9/14, 6-9 PM).

Hannah Verlin‘s solo show Fates & Furies, exploring the mythic sagas of American history, runs at Boston Sculptors Gallery (9/4-10/6, First Friday Receptions 9/6 and 10/4 5-8 PM). The artist will be at the gallery 9/8, 9/15, and 9/22. Also, her installation Veil will be on view as part of Secrets & Motion presented by Luminarium Dance at the Center for the Arts at the Armory in Somerville (performances 9/13-15).

Andy Vores‘s opera No Exit, an adaptation of the John-Paul Sartre play, will be revived by Guerilla Opera, at the Zack Box Theatre at Boston Conservatory (9/19-9/22).

Marguerite White presents the workshop Invisible Cities: Drawing with Light and Shadow with Marguerite White at the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts (9/7, 2-5 PM), in conjunction with the exhibit Drawing Connections.

Ellen Wineberg‘s solo show In Context II: Paintings\Assemblages will be at the Danforth Art 9/8-11/3. Artist talk 9/22 and Oil Stick workshop 9/29.

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

Image: Greer Muldowney (Photography Fellow ’13), CHEUNG SHA WAN (2011), 20×16 in.

Jurassic Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

The 4th Allston DIY Fest will take place on August 24th from 11am-4pm in Ringer Park Allston, MA. The event is an open platform for artists to come, set up a table or blanket, trade art or take donations and enjoy local music throughout the day.  They still have available tables to display art. Questions can be sent to Learn more.

Public Art Design Commission The Cambridge Arts Council (CAC) is seeking qualified artists and designers interested in creating a permanent street feature for the reconstruction of Fern Street, a one-block street between Concord Avenue and Field Street in Northwest Cambridge. From this RFQ, four finalists will be invited to submit proposals, one of which will be selected for the final commission. The $85,000 commission will cover all services from design through final installation, including artist fee, travel, community meetings, fabrication, insurance, transportation, installation, and coordination with City staff and contractor.  Learn more. Questions, contact CAC Public Art Administrator, Jeremy Gaucher at; 617-349-4388.
Deadline: August 21, 2013

Digital Art Entries are now being accepted for the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA) 2013 International Juried Competition. This year’s curators are Holly Harrison, L.A. County Museum of Art and Peter Frank, Riverside Art Museum. All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. Learn more.
Deadline: August 26, 2013

Women Filmmakers Entries are now being accepted for the London Feminist Film Festival. Women directors from any country may enter. In the case of multiple directors, all should be women. Films should deal with feminist issues and/or be feminist in their representation of women. Films can be of any length or genre, and from any year. Non-English language films should be presented in English-subtitled versions. Learn more.
Deadline: August 31, 2013

Short Plays The Company Theatre in Norwell is currently accepting submissions of 10 minute plays for their Winter Shorts Play Festival. The one-day festival will premiere on Saturday, February 1, 2014, with performances at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm, featuring works written on the theme of “Winter Heat: plays that explore the playfulness, passion, pleasure, and power of interpersonal relationships.” Questions, contact
Deadline: September 5, 2013

Boston area Artists/Performers ExpressingBoston is currently accepting proposals for  small grants or contracts for cultural flash mobs in any artistic medium. Twelve applicants residing in the city of Boston will be selected to receive grants of up to $2,500 to each coordinate and present one project or performance. The RFP is available in English, Spanish, Cape Verdean Creole, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Portuguese and Vietnamese. ExpressingBoston is a Civic and Cultural Vitality initiative of the Boston Foundation. Learn more.
Deadline: September 15, 2013 (5:00 PM)

Fund for Burgeoning Visual Artists  Applications will be accepted starting September 1, 2013 for The Clark Hulings Fund for Burgeoning Visual Artists. The fund is designed to helps early-stage professionals seize opportunities to drive their careers forward. The Fund considers proposals from professional artists who have secured tangible prospects for advancing their careers, but lack sufficient financial resources to capitalize on those opportunities. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2013

Residency Opportunity The 360 Xochi Quetzal artist residency is located in Chapala, Mexico, is currently accepting applications from artists, writers and musicians for their international artists’ residency. This is a free one-month residency. Your residency offers you free wi-fi, weekly maid service, a food stipend of $1,000 pesos and all utilities. You will only be responsible for your food, laundry, local transportation and entertainment. Learn more.
Deadline: November 17, 2013