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Announcing 32 Awards in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Mara Superior, THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (2014), porcelain, wood, gold leaf, 24x20x15 in

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is honored to announce the 2017 Artist Fellowship awards in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. Sixteen artists will receive fellowships of $12,000, and 16 artists will receive $1,000 finalist awards. See a list of this year’s fellows and finalists, to date.

The awards are anonymously judged, based solely on the artistic quality and creative ability of the work submitted. Applications were open to all eligible Massachusetts artists. A total number of 561 applications were received; 141 in Crafts, 135 in Dramatic Writing, and 285 in Sculpture/Installation/New Genres.

Evan Morse, SEB AND CLAIRE ILLEGALLY STREAM A MOVIE (2016), Hydrocal, pigment, 9x18x15 in

The Crafts panelists were Honee A. Hess, Ji-Eun Kim, Daniel Kornrumpf, and Beth McLaughlin. The Dramatic Writing panelists were Maria Agui Carter, Anne G. Morgan, and Rebecca Noon; the Readers were Steven Bogart and Talaya Delaney. The Sculpture/Installation/New Genres panelists were Nicholas Capasso, Dana Filibert, Jen Mergel, and Allison Maria Rodriguez.

This is the first series of Artist Fellowships awards to be given by the Mass Cultural Council in 2017. In late May 2017, MCC will announce awards in Film & Video, Music Composition, and Photography.

Find a full list of 2017 Artist Fellowships awardees, to date.

Nora Valdez, LONG PATH (2013), Limestone and marble, 12x52x7 in

From the Off-Broadway production of EXPATRIATE by Lenelle Moise, photos by Vanessa Vargas

Images: Mara Superior (Crafts Fellow ’17), THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (2014), porcelain, wood, gold leaf, 24x20x15 in; Evan Morse (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellow ’17), SEB AND CLAIRE ILLEGALLY STREAM A MOVIE (2016), hydrocal, pigment, 9x18x15 in; Nora Valdez (Crafts Fellow ’17), LONG PATH (2013), limestone and marble, 12x52x7 in; from the Off-Broadway production of EXPATRIATE by Lenelle Moise (Dramatic Writing Fellow ’17), photos by Vanessa Vargas.

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.

Samuel Rowlett: Itinerant Painter

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the New Art Center (NAC) will present MCC Awardees in Crafts and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres, September 18-October 17, 2015, at the NAC.

Samuel Rowlett, one of the participating artists, will be exhibiting new work. “New” as in, painted-day-of-the-opening new.

Samuel Rowlett, ITINERANT PAINTER (2013) acrylic on canvas, wood, gouache on paper, mixed media, 6x6x3 ft

Itinerant Painter Map
Samuel Rowlett and his mobile portrait painting studio will be roaming to locations in Newton on Friday, September 18, 2015 (opening day for the exhibition). You can stop by for a free portrait, which will then be on display in the gallery during the show. The paintings will even be available for pickup on October 20.

Itinerant Painter Schedule:
**Approximate times, subject to change.
11:00 Newton Senior Center
12:00 Newton North High School
1:00 Walnut St. near Cabot Street
2:30 Newton Free Library
3:30 Newton City Hall 5:30 Walnut St. near Newtonville Ave.
7:00 New Art Center

More info.


Samuel Rowlett, ITINERANT PAINTER, at Nuite Blanche in Toronto (2014), Photo by Andrew Williamson

Massachusetts Cultural Council Awardees in Crafts, Sculpture, Installation & New Genres
September 18 – October 17, 2015
Opening Reception: September 18, 7-9 PM
New Art Center, 61 Washington Park Newtonville, MA, 02460

Images: all images courtesy of Samuel Rowlett, photo of Nuite Blanche exhibition by Andrew Williamson.

New Art Center Presents MCC Awardees in Crafts and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres

Monday, August 17th, 2015

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and The New Art Center (NAC) will present the MCC Awardees in Crafts and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres, September 18-October 17, 2015, at the NAC, 61 Washington Park in Newtonville, MA. The exhibition will showcase awardees from MCC’s 2015 Artist Fellowships, bringing together works in the Crafts and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres categories, to blur the lines separating them and to explore the relations between them.

The exhibition features: in Crafts, Stephanie Chubbuck, Kristina W. Madsen, Warren E. Mather, Lisa Nilsson, and Jenine Shereos (Fellows) and Leigh Craven, Melissa Finelli, Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer, Duncan Gowdy, and Jennifer McCurdy (Finalists); in Sculpture/Installation/New Genres, Dana Filibert, Kelly Goff, Amy Podmore, Samuel Rowlett, and Patricia Shannon (Fellows) and Sachiko Akiyama, Angela Cunningham, Anne M. Lilly, Sage Schmett, Gina Siepel, and Deb Todd Wheeler (Finalists).

These distinguished artists were selected from a pool of 128 applicants in Crafts and 294 in Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. The jurors included Sadie Bliss, Fabio Fernández, Kathryn King, and Pam Weeks (Crafts); and Georgie Friedman, Beth Galston, and Denise Markonish (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres).

MCC Awardees in Crafts and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres
September 18-October 17, 2015
New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newtonville, MA 02460
Opening Reception: Friday, September 18, 2015 from 7-9 PM
Talk: MCC Support for Individual Artists, a presentation of the grants and services offered and supported by MCC for individual artists, Wednesday, September 30, 2015, from 7-8:30 PM

The exhibition is free, open to the public. Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 9 AM–5 PM; Saturday 1–6 PM.

Gallery images: work by Dana Filibert, Stephanie Chubbuck, Warren Mather, Sage Schmett, Duncan Gowdy, and Jenine Shereos.

Fellows Notes – Jul 15

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

As we continue to celebrate 40 years of fellowships in Massachusetts, here are some of the star-spangled, firecrackin’ July honors and accomplishments of the program’s awardees.


Eighteen past Fellows and Finalists, including awardees from each of the four decades in the Artists Fellowships’ history, are among the artists participating in the Isles Arts Initiative, in and around the Boston Harbor Islands this Summer. Elizabeth Alexander, Amy Archambault, and Samantha Fields, and the !ND!V!DUALS Collective (which includes Luke O’Sullivan) have created site-responsive installations for Cove on Georges Island; Marilyn Arsem is among the artist performing in SEEN/UNSEEN on Spectacle Island; Christopher Abrams, Matt Brackett, Allison Cekala, Rosalyn Driscoll, Christopher Frost, Mags Harries, Scott Listfield, Kenji Nakayama, Andrew Neumann, Nick Schietromo, Candice Smith Corby, and Hannah Verlin are exhibiting in 34 at Boston Sculptors Gallery; and Sarah Wentworth is among the artists in Islands on the Edge at the Atlantic Wharf Gallery of Fort Point Arts Community. The project is led by curator and FLUX.Boston creator Liz Devlin.

Elizabeth Alexander, Rosalind Driscoll, Mags Harries, Niho Kozuru, and Nancy Selvage are exhibiting in The Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015 (thru 10/12).

Current and past MCC awardees including Karen Aqua, Prilla Smith Brackett, Caleb Cole, Gary Duehr, Matthew Gamber, Nona Hershey, Greer Muldowney, Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz, Debra Weisberg, and Sarah Wentworth are exhibiting in the exciting exhibition In/Sight at the new Lunder Art Center at Lesley University (7/9-8/9, opening reception 7/9, 6-8 PM). The exhibition is curated by Randi Hopkins, Associate Director of Visual Arts at the Boston Center for the Arts and celebrates the diversity of artists in Cambridge and Somerville.

Samantha Fields and Andrew Mowbray are among the artists in Tactile Textiles, featuring multidimensional fiber work, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center thru 12/2015.


Amy Archambault was named Artist in Residence for the Boston Center for the Arts Public Arts Residency. She is creating a large-scale interactive installation, inMotion: Memories of Invented Play, for the BCA’s Tremont Street Plaza (7/23-10/18).

David Binder‘s documentary Calling My Children will again be broadcast on PBS this month, due to the success of its previous broadcasts. Find a broadcast schedule.

Sarah Bliss and Rosalyn Driscoll‘s new room-sized, multichannel immersive sculptural video and sound installation, Blindsight, exhibits at Boston Sculptors Gallery (thru 7/19). Read a glowing review in the Boston Globe.

Steven Bogart will be directing a new play conceived in 24-hours, as part of the Mad Dash event from Fresh Ink Theatre and Interim Writers (7/11, 8 PM Cambridge YMCA).

Prilla Smith Brackett will exhibit as part of the group show InSight, juried by Randi Hopkins, at Leslie University’s Lunder Center for the Arts (7/9-8/9). She recently exhibited in Fractured Visions at Danforth Art; Smith College Museum of Art acquired her work Remnants: Communion #9 from that show.

Kelly Carmody won the Edmund C. Tarbell Award from the Guild of Boston Artists for her portrait Patrick (Man Holding White Cloth), and her winning painting is on the cover of the July/August issue of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine.

Timothy Coleman is exhibiting in Our Stories, a New Hampshire Furniture Masters show at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, Keene, NH (thru 7/23, artist reception and presentation 7/2, 5:30 PM).

Gary Duehr is among the artists exhibiting in In Passing, a show of hybrid photography that incorporates painting or printmaking, at ArtSpace Maynard (thru 7/10).

Holly Guran read from her recently published poetry book River of Bones at the New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton (7/1 7 PM). She’ll also read on 8/1 at the Hunnewell Building of the Arnold Arboretum, with the Jamaica Pond Poets, in conjunction with an exhibit called Arboretum Inspiration: Image and Word, featuring poems by Holly and photographs by Philip McAlary (thru 9/3).

Michael Joseph and his photography were featured in a photo essay on

Ellen LeBow is contributing art writing and commentary in Rice Polak Gallery’s publication Scratching the Surface.

Melinda Lopez‘s new play-in-progress Yerma will have a free public reading (RSVP here) at the Calderwood Pavilion of the Boston Center for the Arts (7/25, 3 PM), as part of the Huntington Theatre Company’s Summer Workshop.

Mary Lum‘s recent show at Carroll and Sons Gallery was reviewed in the Boston Globe.

Mary Bucci McCoy is exhibiting at Gray Contemporary in Houston, TX, in a solo show, Residuum (thru 7/25).

Gary Metras published a poetry book, The Moon in the Pool through Presa Press.

Nathalie Miebach is doing an artist residency at the Mountain Lake Biological Station in the Virginia Mountains as part of their ARTLab Program.

Monica Raymond wrote the libretto for a new chamber opera, Koan, (Charles Turner, composer) which had a workshop at New Opera and Musical Theater Initiative in June with Teresa Winner Blume and Brian Church.

Peter Snoad‘s new multi-media play, The Draft, about personal experiences with the military draft during the Vietnam War, will premiere 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. Peter has launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance and continue the tour. Peter’s short play, My Name is Art, will be staged by Fort Point Theatre Channel as part of its Inter-Actions festival (7/17-7/19).

Howard Stelzer has a new CD called How To, published by Phage Tapes in Minnesota. The CD is available from the label and a digital version is available from the artist. How To continues the artist’s practice of building compositions using cassette tapes and tape players.

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

Image: in-progress image of INMOTION, a public art project by Amy Archambault (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellow ’13).

Challenges in Categorizing Creative Work

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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

Often, creative work defies easy categorization. We asked a group of artists working in intriguing ways, What challenges do you face when asked to name a category for your work?

Liz Nofziger, site-specific installation artist
My work doesn’t fit neatly in any category. “Site-specific installation” captures the majority of it quite well, but if the person I’m speaking to isn’t familiar with the genre, this doesn’t help. I use a broad range of materials and practices to suit each specific project, most of which are short-lived. I find that I end up describing the process of making the work, and the physical/personal experience of the work. The end product is most commonly not tangible or fixed as it varies based on individual experience and interaction with the work. I think the most honest thing I can say about my work is that it is impractical, but I can’t help myself.

Kirk Amaral Snow, sculptor
The most important thing in my mind is to use a term that creates the right relationships. Intermedia and Interdisciplinary are terms that I use, but they are pretty nondescript. They lead to discussions that are about Art Practice rather than describing the work. These days I reserve them for my bio.

I have decided for most purposes that the work is Sculpture; it is materials in space, even if one of the materials is sometimes the body. This allows the pieces to engage the conceptual conversations that interest me (the shifting meaning and value of materials; the visual language of building and construction) without getting too bogged down in the minutia of categorization. Maybe the term simplifies the work, but I am all for a bit more modesty in the way art is written about!

Halsey Burgund, sound artist
The biggest challenge for me as a sound artist is not so much which category to choose but rather how to explain what that category means. As far as I can tell, sound art isn’t clearly or consistently defined (how is it different from music? can it be combined with visual/sculptural elements without becoming something else? etc) and more importantly, it is less well-understood by the public.

When having a conversation with someone, writing a description as part of a proposal or giving a talk, I often have to spend a significant amount of time establishing a baseline contextual understanding of the genre before launching into the fun part which is to describe what I do specifically, how I do it and what my motivations and hopes are for the work. If I was a painter, I could say “I make paintings” and then move on to the more interesting discussions immediately, but unfortunately, I find myself using up valuable time/focus/word-count on basic explanations first.

I will admit, however, that despite the frustrations, being forced into these sorts of descriptions and conversations often lets me see my own work in different ways that are enlightening, so as with most things, there are two sides.

D.K. McCutchen, writer
It’s challenging to articulate an “Elevator Pitch;” to quickly categorize my work in a fast-paced world that won’t wait around while I fumble to describe how multiple genres intertwine.

I’m fascinated by creative nonfiction (CNF), but don’t interpret it as simply using fictional concepts to tell a “true” story. I don’t really believe in truth. I do believe in Points of View, and everyone’s differ. That’s one soapbox.

Another conflation of genres, in my work, is science and experimental fiction. I did a CNF thesis for a Fiction MFA, with experimental writer/mentor John Edgar Wideman. I wrote experimental CNF and published The Whale Road, after repeatedly hearing from publishers: “Love the idea, love the writing, but why did you write it that way?” I still get that.

Now I’ve added speculative fiction into the mix. I teach science writing and keep up on the latest research. I write to imagine our world in the near future. As we remove species, add climate change, and stir, who will we be? I experiment with language, science and worlds. We lose language as we lose species. If cats are long-gone, what happens when Sandburg’s “… fog comes on little cat feet?” Everything’s connected.

Recently my pitch became: “my work is sometimes-erotic, post-apocalyptic, gender-bender, speculative fiction.” But then a prospective editor suggested it might also be categorized as YA….

Deb Todd Wheeler, sculptor, inventor, and media artist
So I guess the question I ask back is: who is doing the asking? If it’s me asking myself, which I often do, I tend to get caught up in the “expertise to enthusiasm” ratio. My projects lead me into arenas I feel I have no business sticking my nose or hand into, like say, photography (MCC finalist 2011), but once an idea takes hold, I can’t help but become as much of a sponge as I can, bothering friends and friends of friends for advice or collaboration, and let myself enjoy discovering the material. I suppose that puts me more in the category of Life Long Learner, with the acknowledgement that I will never really have any solid expertise. But if it’s a question about which grant to apply for, or which box to check, that’s a bit tricky. I imagine organizations need to keep the categories pretty general so that artists can be evaluated based on the relation they have to others working in a similar vein. For me, the challenge really is to stay on top of the conversation my work is engaged in, and leave the job of defining it for when I am at my desk and not at my workbench!


Kirk Amaral Snow ( is an intermedia artist whose practice investigates the relationship between the built world and performative aspects of culture. He is co-editor of the online arts journal Temporary Land Bridge and Director of Career Services at Montserrat College of Art.

Halsey Burgund ( is a sound artist, musician, and installation artist. His work was recently included in the group exhibition Twelve Nights at Boston Sculptors Gallery, and his audio accompaniment for Water Stories (with paintings by Anne Neely) is on display at the Museum of Science Boston.

D.K. McCutchen ( is a writer who teaches at U-Mass Amherst and was recently in residence at Vermont Studio Center. She is the author of the book The Whale Road, her essay The Zen of Kakapo Poo – Redux was published in the Fish Prize Anthology 2014, and her story The Greening was published in Route Nine Omnibus Edition in May.

Liz Nofziger ( is an installation and public artist who is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Boston Center for the Arts. BOUNCE, her mutant amplified pingpong table, is set up for play on the plaza at the BCA through 10/15.

Deb Todd Wheeler ( is a sculptor, inventor, and media artist. Her solo exhibition … in the atmospheres will be at Miller Yezerski Gallery 9/5-10/21, opening reception 9/5, 6-8 PM. She’s also in the group show Forecaster: Eight Artists Explore the Nature of Climate Change at Northeastern University’s Gallery 360 (10/1-11/5, opening reception 10/9) and will have work in Walden, revisted at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (10/31-4/26).

Images: photo by Melissa Blackall Photography at Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Liz Nofziger: BOUNCE, July 24-October 15, 2014; detail of work by Deb Todd Wheeler.

Artist Opportunities Peel Out

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Vintage Photos of Girls in Mini Skirts on Bikes (1)

Participate in Public Performance Art Outside the MFA  Now, Speak! is an outdoor installation at the Museum of Fine Arts by Argentinean artist Amalia Pica. The work encourages impromptu performances by all MFA visitors and passersby. Pica’s lectern is an invitation to publicly share voices.  On June 14th at 1pm, an original text art piece text called Jayne Telephones, by Boston artist Sarah Rushford will be read. If you’d like to be a reader, contact or show up at 1pm at the MFA (Huntington Avenue side) and instructions will be provided. Learn more.

Filmmakers The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (September 18-21, 2014, Palm Springs, CA) is seeking Feature and Short films of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgendered people for a celebration of motion pictures that reflect, inform, enrich, and transform lives. Learn more.
Deadline: June 15, 2014

Call for Participation FIGMENT Boston, a free, inclusive, participatory arts event held on the Rose Kennedy Greenway is seeking artists. Learn more.
Deadline: June 16, 2014

Call to Artists  seARTS is inviting artists in the Essex, Gloucester Harbortown and Rocky Neck Cultural Districts to apply for three grants of $1,500 each. Projects in the Rockport Cultural District are not eligible for this round of grants. Questions, contact seARTS at or 978-281-1222. Learn more.
Deadline: June 20, 2014

Public Art The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet-AID) in coordination with the Boston Art Commission, announces a Request for Qualifications for permanent public art work at Doherty-Gibson Park in Dorchester, MA. The goal is to create an original, site-specific, and highly visible work under the intentionally broad theme of “Freedom” to identify Fields Corner as a destination for business and culture, within a budget of $250,000. Learn more. Deadline: June 20, 2014

Of Note: One Word: Plastics!, a free panel discussion about making art with toy cameras. Sunday, June 22, 3-4:30 pm at Brickbottom Gallery in Somerville. Seating limited. Register now.

Public Art RI State Council On the Arts is now accepting request for qualifications for artwork for the University of Rhode Island’s Center For Chemical and Forensic Sciences, (CCFS), and the Center For Biotechnology and Life Sciences, (CBLS). The budget is $458,000. Learn more.
Deadline: June 25, 2014 (5pm)

Filmmakers Roy W. Dean Summer Grant is seeking films that are unique and make a contribution to society; documentaries, shorts, and features are all considered. The winner receives $2,000 cash and close to $30,000 in film goods and services to help complete your project. Each applicant for the grant receives a consultation from Carole Dean, founder of the grant, head of the non-profit film fiscal sponsor From The Heart Productions, and author of the Second Edition of the bestselling- book, “The Art of Film Funding”. Learn more.
Deadline: June 30, 2014

Boston-Area Women Playwrights Our Voices annual festival of Boston area women playwrights is now in its 8th year is accepting short play, monologue, and performance poetry submissions from Boston-area women playwrights for either morning discussion session or evening staged reading session (applicant must select one). Learn more. Deadline: July 1, 2014

Call for Art Artists are invited to submit to the Cape Cod Art Association’s New England themed exhibit. Cash prizes will be awarded to Best of Show, Best New England Landscape and first and second place works. Learn more. Deadline August 1, 2014

Image credit: Photograph of girls on motorcycle from Vintage Everyday.


Fellows Notes – Jun 14

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

It’s June! Paper plate holders, baked bean mounds, and “picnic” (as a verb) are all emerging from their winter slumbers. Here are this sun-shiny month’s news and notes from MCC awardees.

At Gallery NAGA, Sophia Ainslie, Masako Kamiya, David Moore, and Randal Thurston join John Guthrie in the exhibition On the Wall, and Harold Reddicliffe has work in the group show Color Ways. Both shows run 6/6-7/11, opening reception 6/6, 6-8 PM.

Ben Berman, Marsha Pomerantz, and Anna Ross join Beth Woodcome Platow and Jacob Strautmann for a reading to celebrate the spring/summer issue of Salamander at Boston Playwrights Theatre (6/18, 7 PM).

A recent Off the Radar slideshow at features work by past MCC photography awardees Judith Black (1999), Cathy Griffin (1984), Sheron Rupp (1987), and Sage Sohier (1979).

Warner Friedman and Timothy Kadish are in a dual show at Clark Gallery in Lincoln (6/10-7/12).

Alexandra Anthony‘s documentary Lost in the Bewilderness will screen at the Ismailia International Film Festival in Egypt (6/4), followed by its U.S. premiere at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (6/7).

Steven Barkhimer is on a winning streak with his play Windowmen. Recent winner of an IRNE award, it also won a Norton Award in May 2014.

David Binder is using Kickstarter to raise funds for another installment in his Calling My Children Project.

Alice Bouvrie is crowdfunding to support her next documentary, about an MIT geologist and the complexities of gender identity.

Congratulations to Alissa Cardone, who was recently awarded a development grant by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Cynthia Consentino has a solo show, Reconfigurations, at A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, thru 6/29.

Jay Critchley had a staged reading, accompanied by a 9-piece orchestra, of his musical theater work Planet Snowvio, at UC Berkeley Art Museum (CA), in May.

Mary Jane Doherty‘s documentary Secundaria screens at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (6/18, 7:30 PM). A recent screening in San Francisco was written about in the Huffington Post.

Congratulations to Amy Dryansky, who won a Massachusetts Book Award for her poetry collection Grass Whistle.

Congratulations to Xujun Eberlein, whose essay “Clouds and Rain over Three Gorges” won American Literary Review’s nonfiction contest.

Steve Edwards published an essay, One Giant Cliché, in The Rumpus.

Georgie Friedman has work in the exhibition Water, Water Everywhere: Paean to a Vanishing Resource at the El Paso Museum of Art (6/1-8/24). She recently gave the talk Capturing Weather in Video and Installation at the Boston Cyberarts Gallery.

In May, Jane Gillooly‘s nonfiction film Suitcase of Love and Shame screened at Festival EDOC in Quito, Ecuador and at DOCAVIV in Israel.

Raul Gonzalez III is featured, along with Elaine Bay, in New American Paintings.

A sonnet by Holly Guran along with a photo by Philip McAlary are published together in the online journal Postcard Poems and Prose.

Laura Harrington‘s musical version of her novel Alice Bliss will have a workshop at Playwrights Horizons in NYC in June.

Santiago Hernandez was awarded a 2014 Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant by The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM). Recipients are awarded an unrestricted grant to support their work in painting and an exhibition in fall 2014 at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

Joel Janowitz is presenting a watercolor workshop at the Fine Art Work Center in Provincetown (6/29-7/4) and a monotype workshop at MIXIT Studio in Somerville (7/19-7/22). Later this summer, he has a solo exhibition at gWatson Gallery in Stonington, Maine (8/1-8/23).

Congratulations to Ann Kim, who won a Moving Image Fund Grant from the LEF Foundation.

Scott Listfield co-curated and has work in the exhibition Lost Moment at Gauntlet Gallery in San Francisco (6/28-7/19, opening reception 6/28 7-10 PM). He is profiled by FLUX.Boston founder Elizabeth Devlin in the June issue of Juxtapoz.

Holly Lynton has a solo exhibition, Holly Lynton: Pioneer Valley at the Miller Yezerski Gallery (5/23-7/1, opening reception 6/6).

In May, Michael Mack performed his one-man-show at Virginia Theological Seminary, the largest accredited Episcopal Seminary in the world. The Washington Post covered the event with a Metro Section feature story.

Rania Matar has photography in group exhibitions in Bangkok (Thailand) and Sharjah (United Arab Emirates). Her solo show Ordinary Lives is on view at The Arab American National Museum in Detroit (thru 8/31).

Caitlin McCarthy has been honored by the Massachusetts Teachers Association with a Human and Civil Rights Award for her activism around DES awareness.

Mary Bucci McCoy and her work were featured on the 365 Artists 365 Days blog.

Vanessa Michalak has a solo show, Everything I Ever Wanted at FOLK Gallery in Kittery, Maine (opening reception 6/6, 5-8 PM).

Nathalie Miebach has work in the exhibition Synergy: Ocean Stories at the New Bedford Art Museum (6/27-9/12).

Liz Nofziger will be in residence at the Boston Center for the Arts this Summer to make BOUNCE, an amplified overgrown ping-pong table to play around the clock on the plaza.

Monica Raymond‘s mini-eco-opera Paper or Plastic (for which she wrote the libretto) is being featured on Atlanta Fringe Audio Festival (thru 6/8). She has visual art in Raise the Roof, an art show of faculty and students of the Cambridge Center for Adult Education (thru 6/6). Finally, she’s been selected to participate in the Composer/Librettist Workshop sponsored by Nautilus Music Theater in St. Paul Minnesota (5/24-6/9) and two of her short music theater pieces will be performed as part of the theater’s Rough Cuts series (6/9-6/10).

Evelyn Rydz‘s solo exhibition at MFA Boston (thru 11/14) is featured in Temporary Land Bridge.

Mitch Ryerson was recently was awarded the Spirit Award from the Maude Morgan Art Center in Cambridge.

Peter Snoad‘s play Orbiting Mars will receive a third staged reading on June 7 – this time by Reston Community Players in Herndon, VA as part of its New Play Project. A spoof on militarism and celebrity culture, the play tells the story of a community theater company’s desperate attempt to win a statewide contest by casting the Roman God, Mars, as the lead in a Noel Coward comedy.

Tracy Heather Strain and Randall MacLowry have launched a Kickstarter campaign to support their Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project, running through 6/20.

Congratulations to Grace Talusan, who won the 2014 Dorothy O’Connor Award from the Boston Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association. She’ll read from her winning essay, “Angelina Jolie (and I) Will Have Another Preventive Surgery,” at Newtonville Books (6/4, 6:30 PM).

Joe Wardwell has a solo show, Party Over, at LaMontagne Gallery in Boston (thru 7/19).

Debra Weisberg gave a talk at MIT’s Department of Architecture in March, as part of the Spring 2014 Computation Lecture Series. She’ll be giving a shortened version of this talk at the Computational Making Workshop of the Sixth International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition (6/21) at University College London.

Elizabeth Whyte Schulze was in the show Considering The Kylix at Peter’s Valley Craft Center Gallery in April and May. She’ll be showing at Marywood University in Scranton, PA in September.

Michael Zelehoski is now represented by the Michael Weiss Gallery. He’s created a site specific installation at the Gallery to coincide with the exhibition Suckerpunch by Joe Fleming.

One of our favorite Fellows Notes of all time: Evan Ziporyn and the “Bang on a Can” group that he co-founded appear in an episode of Arthur! (He’s the clarinet-playing dog.)

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

Image: Nathalie Miebach, SOLAR BEGINNINGS (2008), Reed, wood, weather data collected on Cape Cod, 56x66x27 in.

Fellows Notes – Mar 13

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

In our March list of news from past MCC Fellows/Finalists, we come in like a (drawn) line, out like an iamb.*

Congratulations to Caitlin Berrigan and Kelly Carmody, both recently selected for the Assets for Artists Program.

Linda Bond, Jan Johnson, Masako Kamiya, and Lydia Kann Nettler are among the artists in the 2013 Wheaton Biennial Show, Drawing Out of Bounds (thru 4/13). Also, Debra Weisberg, artist in residence at Wheaton College, collaborated with Wheaton students on Swoop, a large scale tape/paper drawing installation featured in the exhibition.

Elizabeth Alexander has a collaboration with Christina Pitsch, Delicate Fragments, at Derryfield School in Manchester, NH (thru 4/14, reception 3/13, 5:30-7:00 PM).

Sandra Allen‘s solo show Trunks is at Carroll and Sons Gallery (thru 4/13).

Along with being in the Wheaton Biennial (above), Linda Bond has work in The 8th Annual Human Rights Juried Art Exhibition at South Texas College in McAllen, TX (3/18-4/6).

Edie Bresler is artist in residence at the Boston Center for the Arts this Spring, and a new photography exhibit, Exchange Economy, opens this month (thru 6/15). Artist Talk with Edie Bresler on 3/20, 7-8 PM, at the Mills Gallery at the BCA. Learn more.

Lucien Castaing-Taylor and co-director Véréna Paravel celebrate the theatrical premiere of their new film Leviathan with a run at IFC Center in New York (thru 3/14), followed by a national release. Recently, the film won the True Vision Award at the 2013 True/False Film Festival.

Laura Chasman‘s portrait “Oliver at 20” will be included in the upcoming triennial event at the National Portrait Gallery (3/23-2/2014).

Duy Doan‘s poem “History Lesson From Anh Hai” was published in Slate.

Rosalyn Driscoll has a solo show, Water Over Fire, at Boston Sculptors Gallery (3/6-4/7, Reception 3/9, 3-6 PM.

Jane Gillooly‘s film The Suitcase of Love and Shame will screen at the ICA Boston (3/30, 7 PM). Find a full screening schedule.

Perry Glasser is reading at the West End Boston Public Library (3/7, 6 PM) with a group of writers from Gival Press.

Elizabeth Graver reads from her new novel The End of the Point at Porter Square Books (3/12, 7 PM), Wellesley Books with Jennifer Haigh (3/13, 7 PM), Dean’s Colloquium at Boston College (3/14, 4:30 PM), Newtonville Books with Brian Sousa (3/19, 7 PM), Lincoln Public Library (3/20, 7 PM), and Concord Bookshop (4/7, 3 PM).

Michael Hoerman hosts a reading of Merrimack Valley and Mississippi Delta poets at the Worthen House in Lowell on March 7. On March 9 he’s reading at F*** Poems Wet Brunch Reading at AWP. Later that day he’s chairing a panel at Kerouac Fest: Go! Go! Go! in Houston.

Dawn Kramer is performing a short new piece with Stan Strickland (jazz musician) and Stephen Buck (video projections) as a guest artist on a concert of Berklee composers (3/27, 7:30 PM) at David Friend Hall, Boylston St.

Jane Marsching has a number of upcoming events: Stitching the Shore (3/6. 6:30 PM is a public event by Plotform at 808 Gallery, Boston University, a collaborative crochet session to stitch floating salt marsh islands before they’re deployed in the Boston Harbor. She’s also exhibiting at the Transit Gallery at Harvard Medical School (thru 4/23), with an Artist Talk and Reception 3/13, 4-6 PM. And she’s among the artists in Globall: Art and Climate Change at Contemporary Cultural Space in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Nathalie Miebach is in the group show Above the Din at Artworks in New Bedford (thru 4/8). She has a solo show, Blizzards, Gales and Ocean Buoys at Common Street Arts in Waterville ME (thru 4/15). Associated with that exhibition, there will be a musical performance of Nathalie’s score called “The Ghostly Crew of the Andrea Gail” in the evening of April 6th as well as an artist talk. Her project Synergy, sponsored by MIT Arts, is currently showing at the Museum of Science. (The image at the top of the page is a teaser for a piece called “To Hear and Ocean in a Whisper,” which translates acoustic data from the Gulf of Maine into a raft full of amusement park rides.)

Elin Noble‘s solo exhibition, Elin Noble: Color Alchemy, is at the New Bedford Art Museum. The exhibition includes work from the last 12 years and runs through April 28. Her quilt Fugitive Pieces 9 is in the upcoming exhibition Fiber Art International ’13, opening April 19 in Pittsburgh, PA, at the PIttsburgh Center for the Arts.

Henriette Lazaridis Power launched a new Web site for her about-to-be-published novel, Clover House.

Monica Raymond‘s The Owl Girl will be having a staged reading at the Cleveland Public Theater on Sunday, March 10th, 2013.

Allan Reeder has a new blog, Sentence X Sentence, exploring the craft of writing.

James Rutenbeck‘s film Scenes from a Parish screens at MIT as part of the Urban Film Series (4/4, 7 PM).

Claire Sanford is among the artists in Adornments & Delights: Five Jewelers Courting Nature at Fuller Craft Museum (thru 6/16).

Rachel Perry Welty has exhibitions current, past, or upcoming in Australia, Kansas, New York City, and Lincoln, MA (at the deCordova!), and had work in fairs in Texas, Paris, Miami, and New York. Her tribute to Nora Ephron was published in the New York Times Magazine and she created the book jacket for the new short story collection I Want to Show You More by Jamie Quatro. Read an interview with her in Musee Magazine, No 5.

Michael Zelehoski has a site specific installation, Wall Art, part of Volta NY through Ethan Cohen New York (3/7-3/10).

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

Image: Nathalie Miebach, detail from TO HEAR AN OCEAN IN A WHISPER, which translates acoustic data from the Gulf of Maine into a raft full of amusement park rides, part of Ocean Stories at Boston Museum of Science.

*(We used that same joke last March, too.)

Reflecting on Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Quit petting me little girl, you’re distracting me. Why must I always wait outside the museum? I love Eva Hesse! -Thoughts from anonymous, a dog tied up outside the ICA, Boston.

Playwrights Cape Cod Community College is continuing its Play with your Food series, featuring local playwrights’ original scripts for workshop readings. All productions take place in the college’s Tilden Arts Center Studio Theater, with a limited dinner menu available for purchase to enjoy during the show. The evening concludes with a talk-back session. Submissions are now being accepted via email for production dates in October 2011 and February/March 2012. Questions:
Deadline: August 26, 2011

Public Art Want to make the experience of waiting for the bus slightly more pleasant for your fellow humans? New York’s MTA Arts for Transit is now accepting applications from artists to create original two-dimensional proposals for the Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot in Harlem. The commissioned artist will create artwork that will be reproduced in fused or laminated glass and/or mosaic along the windows and exterior wall of the building. ArtSake suggests a secretive Red Sox theme to infiltrate enemy territory and give subliminal messages to Yankee fans while they wait for the bus. Just a thought. Questions: Read more.
Deadline: August 26, 2011

Film, Video, and Multimedia Entries are now being accepted for the Rencontres Internationales which will be held in Paris at the Pompidou Center on November 18-26, 2011, and in Madrid and Berlin in 2012. The event will feature an international program focused on film, video, and multimedia, gathering works of artists and filmmakers recognized on the international scene along with young artists and filmmakers. Learn more.
Deadline: August 31, 2011

Call for Performance and Art Works Mobius is now accepting submissions and proposals for Momento Mori, a performance and art event that explore the theme of mortality, mourning, remembrance, and memory. This event will take place at the Mobius Alternative Arts Space in Cambridge, MA October 20-24, 2011. Learn more.
Deadline: October 1, 2011

Female Performance Artists Silver Glass Productions seeks female performance artists for second annual New Seeds Festival in Tampa, FL. The festival seeks original, socially relevant performance work across all disciplines. Participating artists will be included in pre-event promotion and their work will be included in post-event follow-up as well as a possibility for their image to be used in next year’s New Seed’s promotion. Learn more.
Deadline: October 15, 2011

Cambridge Arts Council Free Grant Information Session &  Workshop:
Grant-writing Question & Answer/Feedback
August 23, 2011, 6-8pm

Grant Writing Workshop. Bring a draft of your proposal for review.
September 15, 2011, 6-8pm
RSVP by September 13 to or 617-349-4381.

Image credit: Photograph of dog outside the ICA Boston by ArtSake.