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Why Work Collectively?

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

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

Artists are often encouraged to collaborate, but there’s a tension inherent in this advice. How to find the shared good for the individual’s vision and the group’s? We asked artists in different disciplines, Why work collectively?

AgX is a new collective supporting artists in photochemical film

Brittany Gravely, filmmaker, member of the new AgX film collective
No matter how independently you operate, film usually depends upon a chain of wizards, even if they aren’t always collaborating right next to you (lab techs, projectionists, audiences). Filmmaking can also involve a lot of tedium or waiting; add the company of others, and you can transform these voids completely! But basically, it’s just hard to do everything yourself. In the case of our burgeoning film collective, AgX, we are harnessing all these creative energies scattered around the area (and beyond). We can experiment and play and all our varied technical and conceptual powers can feed off of each other. Plus it’s really amazing to build something together with people who are passionate about the crazy thing you are attempting to build.

Nowadays, when photochemical filmmaking approaches its supposed “twilight” — which incidentally in filmmaking is considered the “magic hour” — teaming up with fellow artists is vital. As the costs rise for a medium which has rapidly moved from consumer to niche, collective people power poses some kind of market force and, at any rate, enables bulk purchasing of film and chemistry. With a craft considered eccentric or obsolete, it is so reassuring to know that there are other eccentrics out there engaging in these strange practices.

Jess Foster, playwright, member of Boston Public Works
Boston Public Works has given me a chance to stage my play Hard and Fast: a love story, a story with content that kept it from being produced. As playwrights in BPW, we were asked to pick our most challenging work that didn’t fit into theaters’ everyday Season Planning conversations. I Hard and Fast: a love story by Jess Fostersaw it as a call to present work that was daring, experimental and immediate. Plays are often a response to something happening in the world and it can take years of workshop processes before they’re presented to audiences, making them less of a call to action and more of a museum piece. Boston Public Works is a way we playwrights can get our work, and the works of the other playwrights in the group, from the page to the stage with fewer steps, taking control of our own process and compiling our own team of collaborators. My hope is that bringing seven fresh plays to Boston that the city wouldn’t have otherwise seen will inspire other playwrights to try out the self-producing model in order to keep pushing artistic boundaries.

January Gill O’Neil, poet, Executive Director of the Mass Poetry Festival
I’ve always thought poets and entrepreneurs share a common bond: we are self starters, work long hours, usually work alone, and have a singular vision that we will see through to the end. The difference? Our capital is creative. Our success comes in the creation of the poem, with no guarantee of reaching a wide audience. So any opportunity to come together and share our work benefits the art as a whole.

While we write in our own separate spaces, we become better writers when we collaborate. Mass Poetry is a grand experiment in collaboration as we promote and celebrate poets in all stages of their careers. We share stories, we experiment, we commiserate, and, most important, we connect with our tribe. The poets I turn to in my own writing life challenge me to go deeper and never settle. They are passionate, open-minded, and know how to harness a constant flow of ideas. What’s more entrepreneurial than that?

Poet signatures from the 2015 Massachusetts Poetry Festival


Jess Foster is a playwright, librettist, dramaturg, and teacher with work being presented across the country in New York, Providence, Boston, Washington DC, Albuquerque and Iowa, where she earned her MFA from the Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop. Jess is an affiliated artist of Sleeping Weasel and a member of the playwrights’ collaborative Boston Public Works. Her play Hard and Fast: a love story will be produced at The Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts November 20-December 5, 2015.

Brittany Gravely works in film, sound, video, installation, and many media of the second dimension. Her work has screened at the New York Film Festival, Images Festival, MFA Boston, ICABoston’s T.I.E. Cinema Exposition, the Black Maria Festival, and many others. She is Publicist at the Harvard Film Archive in Cambridge and a member of the new film collective AgX.
AgX has a special multi-format film screening and party on November 7 (during Waltham Mills Open Studios), 6:30-9 PM, to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise $10,000 for its lab, equipment, and work.

January Gill O’Neil is the author of Misery Islands, which was selected for the 2015 Mass Book Award in poetry, and Underlife, both published by CavanKerry Press. She is the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and an assistant professor of English at Salem State University. Recently, she was elected to the Association of Writers and Writing Programs‘ (AWP) board of trustees. On December 7, 7 PM, Huntington Theatre will host Mass Poetry’s An Evening of Inspired Leaders. This benefit program will feature Massachusetts community and business leaders reading a poem that has inspired them in their personal and professional lives.

Fellows Notes – Nov 15

Friday, October 30th, 2015

This month, while the sunshine ebbs, the news from past awardees of MCC’s Artist Fellowships shines ever shinier.

Naoe Suzuki, LOVE, SUNSHINE, mixed media on laser cut paper

Liza Bingham and Zehra Khan are among the artists in Lost Cat: Art in the Age of Social Media, at Cape Code Museum of Art (11/24-1/17, events 12/5).

In October, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) announced that 11 artists were selected for the City of Boston’s first artist-in-residence program, Boston AIR, including Peter DiMuro (MCC Choreography Fellow ’90), Georgie Friedman, Caleb Neelon, and Liz Nofziger.

Rebecca Doughty and Zehra Khan join Phillip Knoll for Animal/Animist at Room 83 Spring Gallery, in Watertown, MA, (11/5-12/20, reception 11/7, 5-7 PM).

Congratulations to the ten artists named as 2015 Brother Thomas Fellows, including past MCC awardees Raúl Gonzalez III, Masako Kamiya, Balla Kouyaté, and Danielle Legros Georges. The Fellows receive unrestricted grants of $15,000 through a fund established at the Boston Foundation in 2007 to honor the legacy of Brother Thomas Bezanson, a Benedictine monk and world-renowned ceramic artist.

Warren Mather and Janice Redman join Janice Jakielski in the show Not Really Practical at the Trustman Gallery at Simmons College (11/9-12/14, reception 11/12, 5-7 PM).


Elizabeth Alexander has a solo show at Flanders Gallery in Raliegh, NC, A Changeable and Unpredictable Nature: Elizabeth Alexander, 11/6-12/8.

Stacey Alickman has a solo show, Humpty Dumpty II, at Kingston Gallery (thru 11/29, opening reception 11/6, 5:30-7:30 PM).

Alexandra Anthony recently had the U.K. Premiere of her film Lost in the Bewilderness which won the Odysseus Award for Best Creative Documentary at the London Greek Film Festival. The film garnered a positive Boston Globe review when it screened in the Arlington International Film Festival in October, and it will screen at the Wellesley College Davis Museum (Collins Cinema) 11/5, 6 PM, q&a with filmmaker to follow.

Domingo Barreres has a solo show at the Brookline Arts Center, Domingo Barreres: Myth, Reality And The Illusive Glimmer Of Recognition (thru 11/20).

Congratulations to Alice Bouvrie, whose documentary film A Chance to Dress won Best Documentary Short at the Arlington International Film Festival in October.

Laura Chasman has two portraits in the exhibition Director’s Favorites: 1999- 2015 at the New Britain Museum of American Art in CT (thru 1/3).

Candice Smith Corby has a solo show, Forever and Forever and Forever, Is a Long Time at Miller Yezerski Gallery (11/20-12/22, reception 12/4, 5-8 PM).

Patrick Donnelly has his inaugural reading as Poet Laureate of Northampton on 11/1, 4 PM, at the Smith College Neilson Library. He was Mass Poetry’s Poet in the Spotlight for October.

Vico Fabbris will teach Watercolor and Inventive Thinking at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for a five-week course (11/2-11/30).

Patrick Gabridge has the world premiere of his play Lab Rats at Boston’s Atlantic Wharf (11/6-11/15), in Salisbury, MD (11/19), and in Ocean City, MD (11/20-11/23).

John Gianvito‘s film WAKE (Subic) premiered at the Viennale in Oct/Nov.

Raúl Gonzalez III, along with winning at Brother Thomas Fellowship (see above), will have a solo show, Regalo, at the Boston University Annex Gallery (thru 12/13).

Eric Gottesman will celebrate the US launch of his new photography book Sudden Flowers at Foto DC, 11/8, 5 PM.

Deborah Henson-Conant, whose musical compositions are woven into several of the MCC’s 40 Years of Fellowships videos, wrote a great blog post about the impact of her two Massachusetts Artist Fellowships, in the ’80s.

Congratulations to Elizabeth James-Perry, who won an inaugural Rebecca Blunk Fund award from the New England Foundation for the Arts. The awards are grants of $2,500 each in unrestricted support to support the creation of new work and for professional development. The fund is in honor of the legacy of former NEFA executive director Rebecca Blunk, who passed away in 2014.

Ben Jolivet‘s play Cain and Abel had its world premiere at the Wilbury Theatre Group in Providence, RI.

Rebecca Kaiser Gibson joins Gary Whited for a reading at the Suffolk University Poetry Center (11/4, 7 PM).

Cristina Kotz Cornejo launches the inaugural Women in Motion Summit at Emerson College this month (11/9), a gathering of women in film/media to discuss experiences and effect change.

Kate Leary‘s story Holy Family will be published in the November 11 issue of Amazon Day One, a weekly literary journal for the Kindle. Day One features just one story and one poem by emerging writers per issue, plus author interviews. A week after the publication, the story will be available as a Kindle Single.

Rania Matar‘s photography book L’Enfant Femme is published this month. The book features an Introduction by Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, an essay by Lois Lowry, author of The Giver, and an afterword by Kristen Gresh, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Assistant Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This month, her work is exhibiting in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, London (11/12-2/21).

Anne Neely has an exhibition of 30 watercolors inspired by living on the coast of Maine, traveling to Ireland for an Artist Residency in County Kerry, and a trip to Japan, called Transforming Place. It’s at The Robert Lehman Art Center at Brooks School in North Andover (thru 12/18).

Lisa Olivieri‘s documentary Blindsided is an official selection for the Broken Knuckle Film Festival.

Dave Ortega‘s 24-page comic Dias de Consuelo Issue I is now available! The publication is the first in a series about the artist’s 100-year old abuela, Consuelo Herrera, beginning in the tumultuous years of the Mexican Revolution. The artist will be participating in Comics Arts Brooklyn (11/7) where he will have copies of the Dias de Consuelo, as well as limited copies of Poor Mexico, a new zine published by Bien Vestido Press.

Naoe Suzuki has a solo exhibition, In Solidarity, at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Art Gallery (thru 11/25). A catalogue of Naoe’s work, Be Water, My Friend will be published this month. Earlier in the year, Naoe won a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, which enabled her to work on her project Water, is Taught by Thirst in Berlin and at Blue Mountain Center in the Adirondacks.

Joyce Van Dyke‘s play Daybreak (previously produced as departed/A Dream Play, is being produced at the Tufts University Balch Arena Theater (10/29-11/7), directed by Barbara Wallace Grossman (MCC board member!).

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

Image: Naoe Suzuki, LOVE, SUNSHINE, mixed media on laser cut paper.

Boston Supports Artists

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Sushi set featuring Tobin Bridge by Nicole Aquillano, 2015 Brother Thomas Fellow

Two recent announcements reflect a steadily growing landscape of support for artists in Boston.

Brother Thomas Fellowships
Congratulations to the ten artists named as 2015 Brother Thomas Fellows – a list that includes four past MCC awardees. The Brother Thomas Fellows receive unrestricted grants of $15,000 through a fund established at the Boston Foundation in 2007 to honor the legacy of Brother Thomas Bezanson, a Benedictine monk and world-renowned ceramic artist.

The 2015 Brother Thomas Fellows

  • Nicole Aquillano, ceramics
  • Halsey Burgund (featured on ArtSake), sound art
  • Raúl Gonzalez III (Drawing & Printmaking Finalist ’12), visual art
  • Napoleon Jones-Henderson, visual art
  • Masako Kamiya (Painting Fellow ’06, ’10), painting
  • Balla Kouyaté (Traditional Arts Fellow ’10), traditional balafon
  • Danielle Legros Georges (Poetry Fellow ’14), poetry
  • Sandrine Schaefer, performance art
  • Michelle Seaton, literature
  • Jae Williams, film


Boston AIR
Last week, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) announced that 11 artists (including four past MCC awardees) were selected for the City of Boston’s first artist-in-residence program, Boston AIR.

Funded in part by an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Boston AIR will allow the artists to “expand their own civic and social practice, alongside a group of liaisons from city agencies, including: Public Works, Property and Construction Management, Parks and Recreation, Veterans’ Services, Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Education, Policy, Neighborhood Development, Women’s Advancement, Elderly Commission, and the Boston Police Department.” The artists will work City liasons to co-design proposals to work with a city department.

The 2015 Boston Artists in Residence

  • Peter DiMuro (MCC Choreography Fellow ’90), dance
  • Rashin Fahandej, film
  • Pat Falco (featured on ArtSake), visual art
  • L’Merchie Frazier, textiles
  • Georgie Friedman (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellow ’13), video installation art
  • Shaw Pong Liu, performance art
  • Roberto Mighty, film
  • Caleb Neelon (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellow ’07), murals
  • Melissa Nussbaum Freeman, photography
  • Liz Nofziger (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellow ’05), mixed media
  • Juan Obando, time-based media

Image: Nicole Aquillano (2015 Brother Thomas Fellow), sushi set featuring Tobin Bridge.

Drastic Shifts in Your Art

Friday, October 9th, 2015

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

Whether prompted by external or internal forces, artists often make major adjustments to their art and process. We asked artists in different disciplines, Have you ever taken your work in a drastically new direction?

View a gallery of some of the diverse work of the responding artists.

Corey Corcoran, mixed media artist and illustrator
My work has shifted several times over in recent years: from mixed media drawings and sculptures to engravings using real tree fungus to digital drawings and animations. Part of this is just the natural process of responding to new ideas and images in daily life, but the most dramatic shifts are usually the result of a new studio space or taking on a project that’s outside my comfort zone in terms of scale or format. I used to regard these shifts as problematic or as a setback to the overall trajectory of the work, but now I really look forward to the change in perspective, even if the jump looks drastic to an outsider. Taking on ambitious projects or being confronted with a very different working environment can be an effective way for me to reassess process, learn new techniques, or move concepts from off the back burner. Over time, it’s exciting to see patterns emerge across media or from seemingly disparate bodies of work.

Simeon Berry, poet
I have this affinity for formalists who explode in the middle of their careers and write wildly dark and playful things like Galway Kinnell‘s The Book of Nightmares or Donald Hall‘s The Museum of Clear Ideas. Not surprising that I sort of did the same.

When I started out in poetry, I wrote nothing but chiseled little portraits for about 10 years, stuff that was like hypercubes: precise and mathematically suggestive. Then I grew impatient with the size of that psychic aperture, and felt driven to make the lyric as objectionable and sprawling as I could. This became my first book, Ampersand Revisited, where I sent the line all the way across the page and overshared in every place I felt lyric poems typically withheld.

For my second, I wanted a text that would be unassuming and casual. I’d heard about how Eddie Van Halen decided to play with his back to the audience after other guitarists began stealing his technique. I hungered for something that would be the opposite of that defensiveness, that would be as close to my speaking voice as possible. I aimed for the radical silences of poetry, but relied on fictional, rather than imagistic, devices to advance the plot. This turned into Monograph.

Zehra Khan, visual artist
I love exploring different mediums, which often means I am in unfamiliar territory. I try to make art that is guided by intuition, and that will hopefully surprise me. I try not to judge or worry about whether the piece fits into the work I have created previously. Some of my most fruitful work was started on a whim.

Part of what drives me in art is problem solving within the confines of each project. Figuring out how to glue together a paper mask, or make it using the least amount of paper. Switching direction in medium or content is something I do to keep me on my toes.

Allison Cekala, interdisciplinary artist
This past year I learned a new medium: film. I had been working on a project about Boston’s road salt, which began as a formal series of salt pile photographs, but quickly expanded to documenting the movement of the road salt from its source in South America. I felt the conceptual shift required a change in medium to more accurately represent the movement and time inherent in the process – and also convey the narrative that I wanted to tell.

Learning the skills necessary to capture, then edit, moving images and sound was not, however, an easy task. But the benefits have been tremendous. I began hearing subtle timbre and noticing particular nuances in movement that I had previously overlooked. The new sensitivities carried over in both my life and my work, heightening my ability to perceive and observe. I am currently continuing to make films, but anticipate taking more leaps – both conceptually and materially in the future as my ideas evolve to demand different kinds of representations.


Simeon Berry lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. He has been an Associate Editor for Ploughshares and received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Grant. His first book, Ampersand Revisited (Fence Books), won the 2013 National Poetry Series, and his second book, Monograph (University of Georgia Press), won the 2014 National Poetry Series. Upcoming readings include the KGB Bar in New York (10/19) and the Belt It Out Reading Series in Cambridge, MA (10/23).

Allison Cekala is an interdisciplinary artist primarily working in film/video and photography. She will be exhibiting a group of photographs, Salt, at the Mayor’s Gallery at Boston City Hall this January 4–29. She was a recent artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire and is currently working on a series of short films.

Corey Corcoran is a mixed media artist and illustrator. His digital art is part of the 15th round of Art on the Marquee works projected onto the Boston Convention Center Authority’s 80-foot-tall multi-screen LED marquee, opening October 14. He also has work in the 24th Drawing Show Feelers at the Boston Center for the Arts Mills Gallery, October 9-December 20, opening reception Friday, October 9, 6-8 PM.

Zehra Khan is a visual artist working in sculpture, drawing, mask and costume making, performance, and film. Her upcoming shows include Animal/Animist at Room 83 Spring Gallery, in Watertown, MA, Nov 5 – Dec 20, and in the group show Lost Cat at Cape Cod Museum of Art, in Dennis, MA, Nov 24-Jan 17.

Fellows Notes – Oct 15

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Wouldn’t it make more sense if they named the eighth month of the year, rather than the tenth month, October? I just thought of that…

(Actually I just checked Wikipedia, and it turns out October was the “eighth month in the old Roman calendar.” They just kept calling it that after it became the tenth month, like how we all still “dial” a phone number even though dials are long gone with old Roman calendars…)

Anyway, this October, tenth month of the year, check out the latest news and notes from past Artist Fellows and Finalists.

Debra Weisberg, installation view of (un)SEA(n), pulp covered wire, foam, sand, and polymer

Sheila Gallagher, Raul Gonzalez, Chuck Holtzman, Fred H.C. Liang, Cynthia Maurice, Jill Slosberg-Ackerman, Randal Thurston, and Debra Weisberg are all exhibiting in Cannot Be Described in Words: Drawing/Daring at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury (thru 1/16). Debra Weisberg gives a gallery talk with curator Deborah Davidson (10-8).


Deborah Abel celebrates 35 years of the Deborah Abel School of Modern Dance with a Gala Celebration at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington on 10/17, 6:30-10 PM, featuring performance, food and drink, a silent auction, and film and slides of the Deborah Abel Dance Company.

Alexandra Anthony‘s film Lost in the Bewilderness is an Official Selection in the Arlington International Film Festival, screening at the Kendall Square Cinema on 10/16, 2:55 PM, q&a with the director to follow. It will also screen at the Wellesley College Collins Cinema on 11/5, 6 PM, q&a to follow. The film is also an Official Selection of the London Greek Film Festival in England (10/19-10/25).

Steven Bogart is directing the play Dry Land at Company One, Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts (10/2-10/30). Watch a trailer.

Alice Bouvrie‘s new documentary A Chance to Dress will screen at the Arlington International Film Festival at the Kendall Square Cinema, 10/19, 7:30 PM, q&a with the director and with the film’s subject Dr. Southard and his wife Jean to follow.

As director of the Provincetown Community Compact, Jay Critchley organized the 28th annual Swim for Life in September, which raised an estimated $200,000 for AIDS, women’s health & the community with the support of 404 swimmers, 75+ kayakers and safety boats and 150 volunteers.

Dana Filibert‘s work is featured in the Monsters Art Project at MAP Gallery, Eastworks, Easthampton, MA (10/9-10/31, opening reception 10/10, 5-7 PM). Her work is also featured in Artists/Artisans at PC580 Gallery in Holyoke, opening reception 10/9, 6-9 PM.

Georgie Friedman‘s large-scale sculptural video installation Eye of the Storm, on view in the Roberts Gallery at Lesley University’s Lunder Arts Center thru 11/1, was featured on a segment on CBS News, Boston.

Duncan Gowdy has work in A Long Engagement: Wendy Maruyama and Her Students at the San Diego State University Gallery (10/9-10-30, opening reception 10/9, 6-9 PM).

Vanessa Irzyk has a solo show, Intricasies at the Boston City Hall Mayors Gallery (10/14-11/13).

Rebecca Kaiser Gibson will read from her new poetry collection Opinel at The Bookstore in Lenox (10/18, 2 PM), Trident Cafe and Booksellers in Boston (10/20, 7 PM), the Concord Festival of Authors (11/1, 3 PM) and the Suffolk University Poetry Center (11/4, 7 PM).

Zehra Khan has work in Last Stop Vacationland at artSTRAND in Provincetown (thru 10/12). Also, she designed the 2015 Provincetown Swim for Life image.

Brian Knep created two large Healing Pools for the Illuminus nighttime contemporary art series in Boston’s Fenway 10/3-10/4. Also, work from his Worms/Traces series (made while he was artist-in-residence at Harvard Medical School) are exhibiting in Sizing It Up: Scale in Nature and Art at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA (thru 9/18/16).

Sandy Litchfield has work in the upcoming exhibition at the Fitchburg Art Museum, Land Ho! (thru 1/10/16).

Julie Mallozzi and co-creator Melissa Ludtke have just launched their transmedia story Touching Home in China: in search of missing girlhoods over iBooks, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the story’s website.

Nathalie Miebach has a solo show at Peeler Arts Center in DePauw University in Greencastle Indiana (10/27-12/11), has work in Off The Charts: Exploring Climate Change through the Arts at 516 ARTS in Albuquerque, NM (thru 10/31), and will give artist talks at the FutureM Conference, Hynes Convention Center in Boston (10/7) and DePauw University (10/29). She was also recently a guest on the BBC Forum radio show on the topic of Wind.

Mary Bucci McCoy has a solo exhibition at CG2 Gallery in Nashville, TN (10/3-10/30, opening reception 10/3, 6-9 PM).

James Morrow presents an evening of dance, Sweaty Epiphany, at the Dance Complex in Cambridge (10/23-10/24, 8 PM). In August, the artist launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the performance. Read about the event on ArtSake.

Monica Raymond has a monologue from her play The Owl Girl included in the new published Best Stage Monologues for Women 2015 from Smith and Kraus.

Laurel Sparks has a solo show, Rubedo at Kate Werble Gallery in NYC (thru 10/24).

Leslie Starobin has a solo show, Dear Dearest Mother: Leslie Starobin’s Wartime Still Life Montages at Danforth Art in Framingham, (thru 1/3, artist talk 10/7, 2:30 PM).

Joan Wickersham has a story in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015 anthology, published this month.

Cary Wolinsky produced the film Raise the Roof, directed by Yari Wolinsky, and it screens this month in a number of cities, including in Boston the The Vilna Shul Center for Jewish Culture (10/4, 7:30 PM) and at Temple Emanu-el in Providence (10/24, 7:30 PM).

Yu-Wen Wu has a solo show, Proximities, exhibiting at the Montserrat College of Art Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery (thru 10/17, reception 10/5, 5-7:30 PM).

Michael Zelehoski has his first solo show in France, Object Permanence, 10/15-11/28. He’s also exhibiting in the group show Wood at the Montserrat College of Art Monsterrat Gallery (10/5-12/5).

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

Image: Debra Weisberg, installation view of (un)SEA(n), pulp covered wire, foam, sand, and polymer.

Fellows Notes – Sep 15

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Back to school. Bummer!/Awesome! (Depending on whether you like school.)

Take a break from the syllabus and read this news from past MCC awardees.

From the ONE TO ONE project by Linda Bond

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and The New Art Center (NAC) will present the MCC Awardees in Crafts and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres, 9/18-10/17) at the NAC, with an opening reception on Friday, September 18, 2015 from 7-9 PM, and MCC Support for Individual Artists, a talk about state grants and services for artists, on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 7-8:30 PM.

Harriet Diamond co-created the installation Rising and Falling, exhibiting alongside the exhibition Human Impact (which includes work by Rachel Perry Welty), at the Deerfield Academy von Auersperg Gallery (9/20-10/30).

Rebecca Kaiser Gibson, Christian McEwen, Anna Ross, and Rodney Wittwer are all participating in the New Hampshire Poetry Festival on 9/19 – schedule.

David B. Harris and Mimi Rabson join drummer Phil Neighbors in the band Triarky, which will give a free performance 9/10, 7:30 PM, at the Berklee Uchida Building in Boston.


Sophia Ainslie has been commissioned to create a new, site-specific work for the new Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex at Tufts University, and the exhibition In Person—574: Sophia Ainslie (9/10-12/6) in the Remis Sculpture Court explores the creation and installation of the commission. The artist also has her first solo show with Gallery NAGA, Pata Pata (9/8-10/3, opening reception 9/11, 6-8 PM).

Amy Archambault and her artist residency at the Boston Center for the Arts are featured on the New England Foundation for the Arts blog.

Simeon Berry has published his second book of poetry, Monograph. His first book, Ampersand Revisited, was published in April. Both books won the National Poetry Series (2013 for Ampersand Revisited and 2014 for Monograph).

Linda Bond has a solo exhibition, Reconnaissance, at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis (thru 10/27, opening reception 9/17, 5-8 PM).

Prilla Smith Brackett has a solo show, Fractured Vision IICatamount Arts in Vermont (9/16-10/25, reception 10/2, 5-7 PM, artist talk at 6 PM). She is also in a 3-person show, Reveal, at 13 Forest Gallery (9/19-11/13, opening reception 9/19, 4-6 PM, artist talk 10/17, 4-6 PM).

Vico Fabbris will teach a painting workshop at the Provincetown Association and Art Museum (9/26-9/27) and a five week course at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Watercolor and Inventive Thinking (11/2-11/20).

Georgie Friedman‘s large-scale sculptural video installation Eye of the Storm is on view in the Roberts Gallery at Lesley University’s Lunder Arts Center (thru 11/1). Also, her works Sky Study I (premiere), Snow Study II, and Snow Study III will be on view in the Vandernoot Gallery.

Steven Gentile‘s film A Pirate Named Ned screened at the National Gallery of Art in D.C., in July, as part of the Black Maria Film & Video Festival.

Christy Georg has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Gardiner Art Gallery at Oklahoma State University and was awarded a John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry residency in 2016.

Rebecca Kaiser Gibson has published a new book, Opinel, and will read from it at Broadside Bookshop in Northampton (9/16, 7 PM), at the New Hampshire Poetry Festival (9/19, 9:15 AM), the Grolier Book Shop in Cambridge (9/29, 7 PM), and more.

Joo Lee Kang is exhibiting in the group show No Dead Artists at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans (thru 9/26).

Barry Kiperman had work in three exhibitions this summer: Picture This! Community of Artist exhibition at Danforth Art, Art of the Northeast at the Silvermine Arts Center (where his work Of Rhetoric and Reason 2 was voted “Best in Show”) and the National Juried Competition 2015: Works on Paper at the Long Island Beach Foundation of the Arts and Sciences.

Dawn Lane‘s new dance work ALL RISE: Court Dance will be performed at Shakespeare and Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse 9/24-9/26, 8 PM.

Scott Listfield is exhibiting in LAX/LHR at Thinkspace Gallery in London (9/3-9/26). Recently, he had a “Hot Wheels”-inspired painting in the official Mattel show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles.

Sarah Malakoff has a solo show, Sarah Malakoff: Second Nature, at the Vermont Center for Photography (9/4-9/27, opening reception 9/4, 5:30-8:30 PM).

Jane Marsching is co-organizing (with Andi Sutton) Stitching the Shore, a day of environmentally-focused art events, including a collectively-stitched shoreline tarp map of Boston Harbor, on 9/12, 10 AM-1 PM, on the banks of the Mystic River. Visit the Facebook page for more info. Jane is the Fall 2015 Artist in Residence at the Boston University Dept of Earth and Environment. She’ll be moderating an event, Footprint: Building a dialog at swissnex Boston 9/30, 6 PM.

Tara Masih is series editor of the new collection Best Small Fictions, coming in October 2015.

Lisa Olivieri‘s film Blindsided was an August selection for the Just Film Awards Festival in San Francisco.

Cecelia Raker has a play in Eager Risk Theater’s Shoebox Festival at John DeSotelle Studio in NYC (9/3-9/6).

Evelyn Rydz has work in Gyre: The Plastic Ocean at Fisher Museum of Art in Los Angeles (thru 11/21).

Jenine Shereos was recently featured in the art journal HiFructose.

Peter Snoad‘s new multi-media play, The Draft, about personal experiences with the military draft during the Vietnam War, premieres at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury (9/10-9/20), where Peter has been Visiting Playwright. The play will then go on the road for performances at Westfield State University, The Academy of Music in Northampton, and Trinity College in Hartford, CT, a tour supported by a crowdfunding campaign.

Rachel Perry Welty‘s fifth solo exhibition at Yancey Richardson Gallery in NYC, Chiral Lines, runs 9/10-10/17. The works are ambidextrous, two-panel drawings made using every writing instrument in the artist’s home.

Linda K. Wertheimer‘s new book Faith Ed: Teaching about Religion in an Age of Intolerance has gotten recent reviews in the Boston Globe, New York Times Sunday Book Review, and Publishers Weekly, among others. She’ll read from the book at Newtonville Books (9/10, 7 PM), Cary Library in Lexington (9/17, 7 PM), and BookEnds in Wichester (9/27, 2 PM).

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

Image: from the ONE TO ONE project by Linda Bond.

Why Fund Artists? Part 2

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Massachusetts has been funding artists for 40 years, and to help illuminate why, we’re asking past Artist Fellowships awardees to tell us what happened next.

This is the second gallery exploring the history of the Artist Fellowships Program (see the first). And if you’re a past awardee, visit our Alumni Book to tell your story.

Alexandra Anthony: a Filmmaking Tale Worthy of Myth

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

When she won a state fellowship in 1987, Alexandra Anthony thought her personal documentary Lost in the Bewilderness was nearly complete. But real life doesn’t have a neat ending. Like a journey out of Greek myth, the film project searched for decades before finding its way home.

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The Massachusetts Cultural Council is celebrating 40 Years of Fellowships by sharing video interviews with some of the extraordinary artists who have received Artist Fellowships since the program’s inception in 1975.

  • On MCC’s YouTube Channel, experience the stories of some of the amazing artists we’ve funded over the last 40 years.
  • If you’re a past Fellow or Finalist of the program, sign our Alumni Book to get back in touch and share your own story.
  • Contact us if you have ideas for the project.

Video Credits: all film footage courtesy of Alexandra Anthony (Film & Video Fellow ’81, ’87, ’07); title animation by Basia Goszczynska (Film & Video Fellow 2013); intro music by Laura Andel (Music Composition Fellow 1999), “Sao Dao,” music by Laura Andel, BMI ©1997, performed by the Laura Andel Orchestra; montage and closing music by Deborah Henson-Conant (Music Composition Fellow 1984, ’87), “Merceditas” and “996” from “Invention and Alchemy” © 2006, performed/recorded by The Grand Rapids Symphony, David Lockington, Conductor.

Vintage Vinyl Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015


Poetry Entries are now being accepted for the Patricia Dobler Poetry Award is given annually to a woman poet over 40 years of age who has not published a book in any genre. The winner receives $1,000; publication in Voices From the Attic, the university’s literary journal; and round-trip transportation and lodging to give a reading at Carlow University with this year’s judge, Lynn Emanuel. Learn more.
Deadline: September 5, 2015

Media Art The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) and Boston Cyberarts are issuing the fifteenth call for media art to display on the Marquee at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. They are looking for 30-second videos, animations, or computer-generated motion works by Massachusetts artists that push the creative limits of this 80-foot, seven-screen, three-sided LED sculpture. Learn more.
Deadline: September 7, 2015 (midnight)

Short Films Boston Open Screen, an open mic for film, encourages local filmmakers to bring their short films to screen at the next event at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline. Boston Open Screen will play any film on the big screen as long as it’s 10 minutes or under. More info and tech specs on the Facebook page.
September 8, 2015, 7-10 PM

Public Artists, Designers, Data Visualizers, Environmentalists Applications are now being considered for an Energy Feedback Sculpture at Harvard University. Selected applicants will be awarded funding to develop proposals to be considered for a major public art installation on campus. Learn more.
Deadline: September 14, 2015

Studios at MASS MoCA The Studios at MASS MoCA, a new program from Assets for Artists, offers two professional development tracks: artists can apply for self-directed professional development residencies of 1-4 weeks in length, and/or enroll in week-long “workshops-in-residence” with individual studio space and housing complemented by instructor-led programming. Enrollment is first-come, first-served. Learn more.
Deadline: September 14, 2015

Glass Artists The Workhouse Arts Center (WAF) has announced a call for entries for its 1st Annual Workhouse Glass National Exhibition 2015,  for functional and/or sculptural glass artworks. The juror is Maurine Littleton. Learn more.
Deadline: September 16, 2015

Crafts Artists Entries are now being accepted for the annual Smithsonian Craft Show,  a juried exhibition and sale of contemporary American crafts and design.  Artists are selected on the basis of the originality, artistic conception, and quality of their work. Learn more.
Deadline: September 20, 2015

Amherst/Pioneer Valley Writers Calling all writers in the Greater Amherst/Pioneer Valley region: Luminarium Dance’s “Amherst Storybook Project” is in its final stage. Using artwork from local artists, the company has created 12 fanciful images for a new children’s storybook. Writers are asked to choose an image, and write a poem or short story inspired by the scene. Submissions are completely free, and writers are welcome to submit as many entries as they wish. One submission per image will ultimately be chosen to be printed alongside the artwork in the final book, which will debut at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on November 8th. See images, learn more, and submit writing here.
Deadline: September 25, 2015, 5 PM

Dissertation Fellowships in American Art Applications are now being accepted for the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art designated for graduate students in any stage of PhD dissertation research or writing. Stipend: $25,000, plus up to $2,000 as a travel allowance.
Learn more.
Deadline: October 21, 2015

Nominate a Jazz Master Fellowships of up to $25,000 are awarded to living individuals on the basis of nominations from the public including the jazz community. The NEA encourages nominations of a broad range of men and women who have been significant to the field of jazz, through vocals, instrumental performance, creative leadership, and education. Nominees must demonstrate significant contribution to the art form through their body of work in the field of jazz. Learn more.
Deadline: December 31, 2015

Image credit: Original image, via Smithsonian Libraries, from Academy sketches (1877).

Fellows Notes – Aug 15

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

As our Artist Fellowships turn 40, here’s the current news of the awards’ recent and past recipients.

Still from THE EMPTY SIGN, film-in-progress by Kathryn Ramey

Watch 40 Years of Fellowships videos featuring Diane Arvanites & Tommy Neblett, Niho Kozuru, Melinda Lopez, and Rania Matar.

Mark Cooper and Joo Lee Kang are both exhibiting at the Seattle Art Fair, as part of the Samson Gallery.


Sandra Allen‘s drawing Warrior is exhibiting in the Minneapolis Institute of Art Michael Graves Stairwell (thru 7/2016). She was recently included in the group show Land and Sea at Danese/Corey Gallery in NYC.

Alexandra Anthony‘s film Lost in the Bewilderness was screened for the closing night event at the International Classics Conference Time & Space in Greek Myth and Religion at the University of Patras, Greece, in July. It also screened in the Independent Film Festival of Bogota in July. As part of that festival, the filmmaker did a master class at Jorge Tadeo Lozano University called “Women Behind the Lens.”

Denise Bergman was interviewed by Mass Poetry about her poetry book A Woman in Pieces Crossed a Sea.

Nancy Berlin is exhibiting paintings and drawings this summer in Line as Structure or Continuation at Causey Contemporary in New York. She was recently in Cape Whale at SEA Space Gallery in Provincetown and had drawings as well in Appearances at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, as part of the Eco-Arts Festival.

Poems by Kristin Bock were recently published in Apercus Quarterly.

Vico Fabbris is exhibiting work at Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown (8/20-9/9). He will also teach a workshop, “Exploring Drawing & Mixed Media,” at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill (8/24-8/28).

D.M. Gordon was Mass Poetry’s July Massachusetts Poet in the Spotlight.

Zehra Khan is exhibiting a series of drawings on bed sheets and blankets at artSTRAND Gallery in Provincetown (8/7-8/26). She recently designed the 2015 Swim for Life! logo.

Colleen Kiely‘s painting Beau (Skyward) was included in the exhibition Faces at Post Office Gallery in North Truro, MA, in July.

Holly Lynton‘s in among the artists in The Disrupted Landscape at Miller Yezerski Gallery (thru 8/14).

Congratulations to Randall MacLowry, who received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the documentary The Mine Wars.

Ilana Manolson is included in the group show Images of Grief and Healing at the Maud Morgan Arts Chandler Gallery (8/10-9/1).

Greer Muldowney curated the group exhibition Landscape as Fetish at Gallery Kayafas.

Congratulations to Kathryn Ramey, who received a LEF Foundation Moving Image Fund Pre-Production Grant for a new film project about the history of US involvement in Puerto Rico.

Pat Shannon is exhibiting in VILLISSIMA! Des artistes et des villes, curated by Guillaume Monsaingeon, at the Hôtel des Arts, Toulon France (thru 9/27).

Linda K. Wertheimer‘s book Faith Ed: Teaching About Religion In An Age of Intolerance will have its book launch 8/18, 7 PM, at Porter Square Books in Cambridge. She’ll also be reading at Tewksbury Public Library (8/25, 7 PM).

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

Image: still from THE EMPTY SIGN, film-in-progress by Kathryn Ramey.