In April: MCC artists venture into books and onto screens, up on stages and out on the airwaves, and just generally do great things in the Commonwealth and beyond. The latest news from our Fellows/Finalists…
Elizabeth Alexander and Randal Thurston are exhibiting in Paper and Blade: Modern Paper Cutting at Fuller Craft Museum (thru 7/31).
Rick Ashley, Claire Beckett, and Kelly Carmody all have work in Smithsonian’s traveling exhibition The Outwin: American Portraiture Today. The exhibition runs thru 1/8/2017 at the National Portrait Gallery, and then travels elsewhere. Both Rick and Claire have been featured by the Gallery in blog posts.
Frank Egloff and Matthew Gamber both have solo exhibitions at Gallery Kayafas (4/15-5/21).
MCC Poetry Fellows Richard Michelson, Sarah Sousa, and Michael Teig are reading in an event curated by another Fellow, Karen Skolfield, at Pelham Library (4/27, 7 PM).
Alexandra Anthony‘s documentary Lost in the Bewilderness screened at The University of Roehampton (London) and the Moraitis School (Athens, Greece) in March.
Karen Aqua‘s animated films will be screened and celebrated at a special event at Harvard Film Archive, Sacred Ground & Perpetual Motion – The Animated Cosmos of Karen Aqua (4/9, 7 PM).
Claire Beckett has a solo exhibit of her series The Converts at Carroll and Sons Art Gallery, mid-April through the end of May.
Pelle Cass has work from his Selected People series in three books: Photoviz (Gestalten, Berlin); Deleuze and the City (a scholarly book which features an entire chapter based around a discussion of Pelle’s photo of Quincy Market; and Langford’s Basic Photography. He will have work in UNM Art Museum/Center/516 Arts’ PhotoSummer festival. Also, he will have a summer fellowship at Yaddo.
Mary Jane Doherty‘s documentary Secundaria was released on DVD and streaming.
Steve Edwards has a flash fiction story called Sometimes My Father Comes Back from the Dead in SmokeLong Quarterly.
Chris Frost is in the show Danger Play at Lens Gallery (thru 4/22, opening reception 4/1, 6-8:30 PM).
Ralf Yusuf Gawlick‘s new string quartet composition Imagined Memories will have its world premiere as the musical centerpiece of a Boston College symposium, The Kurdish Question: Ethnicity, Identity, and Integration. The work, commissioned by the Vienna-based Hugo Wolf Quartet, premieres 4/28, 7:30 PM in St. Mary’s Chapel at Boston College (free admission) and will be followed by a performance at Carnegie Hall in NYC (4/29, 8 PM).
Jan Johnson is a Fulbright Scholar this year at the University of Dundee, the Scottish University.
Rebecca Kaiser Gibson reads at the Boston Athenaeum (4/26, 12 PM).
Colleen Kiely‘s painting Still Life with Cookie Cutter (Hound) is included in the Cape Cod Museum of Art’s exhibition Breaking the Mold: Inspired by Innovation, (3/31-6/12, opening reception 3/31, 5:30-7 PM).
Jesse Kreitzer has a unique crowdfunding campaign to sponsor submissions of his new film Black Canaries to different film festivals.
Julie Levesque has work in the group show Bird: metaphor & muse at Concord Art (4/7-5/7).
Fred H.C. Liang has a solo show, Stream, at Carroll and Sons Gallery (thru 4/16). Read an interview on Huffington Post.
Melinda Lopez was mentioned by President Obama during his landmark March 2016 speech in Havana, Cuba. She discussed the experience, and what led up to it, on Radio Boston.
Taylor Mac presents a six-hour work-in-progress performance of A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: 1836-1896, at MASS MoCA (4/9, 4-10 PM).
Rania Matar is exhibiting at The National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC as part of She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World (4/8-6/31), which originated at the MFA Boston.
Mary Bucci McCoy has work in the group show Drishti: A Concentrated Gaze, presented by NurtureArt and curated by Elizabeth Heskin and Patricia Spergel at 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, New York, NY (4/11-7/1, opening reception 4/11 6-8 PM).
Gary Metras was recently interviewed on Blog Fly Fish MA about fly fishing, letterpress printing, and poetry.
Joshua Meyer is the first artist to have a solo exhibition at the new Matter & Light Gallery in Boston (4/1-4/30, artists reception 4/1, 6-9 PM).
Richard Michelson announced that he has an upcoming book about Leonard Nimoy (Nimoy’s visual art is represented by Richard Michelson Gallery) called Fascinating, to be published in September. Richard has poetry readings this month at AWP (4/1 and 4/2), the Split This Rock Conference in Washington DC (4/16), and at the Pelham Library (4/27, see above).
Lisa Olivieri‘s film Blindsided will be having its Boston Premiere as part of the The National Association of Social Workers (MA Chapter) Film Series at Belmont’s Studio Cinema (4/3, 2 PM).
Jendi Reiter‘s debut novel Two Natures will be published by Saddle Road Press in September.
Nick Rodrigues created the interactive installation CAR-A-OKE and the Auto Umwelt The New Children’s Museum in San Diego, on view thru Spring 2017. He contributed to The Felt Book, a collaborative publication featuring a collection of home remedies created by 90+ invited artists.
Anna Ross has a new chapbook, Figuring, to be released by Bull City Press in May. The book was the Editor’s Selection in the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. Anna will have her first reading from the book at the AWP conference in LA.
Leslie Sills has an exhibit of figurative sculpture Personnages at Colo Colo Gallery in New Bedford (4/23-5/12, reception 4/30 5-8 PM).
TRIIIBE, aka the identical triplets Alicia, Kelly, and Sara Casilio along with photographer Cary Woliknsky, will give a gallery talk at Fitchburg Art Museum 4/24, 1:30 PM, in conjunction with their exhibition TRIIIBE: same difference (thru 6/5).
Sarah Wentworth has more than a dozen photos from her Untitled (fishline) series in the 3-person show Caprices at the Simmons College Trustman Gallery (thru 4/14). The fishline series features performed photos centered on a costume made of knit fishing line, taken on Deer Isle, Maine.
Jung Yun is getting terrific reviews for her new novel Shelter. She reads this month at Northshire Books in Vermont (4/1, 7 PM) and Amherst Books (4/19, 7 PM). Both events are with author James Scott.
Read past Fellows Notes. If you’re a past fellow/finalist with news, let us know.
Image: still from the animated film KAKANIA (1989) by Karen Aqua.