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Fellows Notes – May 17

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Mass Cultural Council is honored to support the work of individual artists. Fellows Notes is a monthly listing of the last news from awardees in our Artist Fellowships Program.

May 2017:

Hiding in Plain Sight: Folk Masters of Massachusetts showcase concert features past or current recipients of an Artist Fellowship or Traditional Arts Apprenticeship performing at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport (5/14, 5 PM).

Many superb poets, including numerous past Artist Fellows and Finalists, and taking part in the Massachusetts Poetry Festival (5/5-5/7, Salem, MA). Not to be missed: a reading by Mass Cultural Council Poetry Fellows Scott Challener, Aaron Krol, Richard Michelson, Sarah Sousa, and Elizabeth Witte (5/6, 2 PM), at the Peabody Essex Museum. Other current and past Artist Fellows/Finalist taking part include Tom Sleigh (one of the headliners), Kathleen Aguero, Maria Luisa Arroyo, Carrie Bennett, Duy Doan, Danielle Legros Georges, Regie Gibson, Richard Hoffman, and Rosann Kozlowski. Learn more.

Sophia Ainslie, Ken Beck, Masako Kamiya, Joo Lee Kang, and Mary Kocol are all taking part in the 40th anniversary event at Gallery Naga (5/5, 5-8 PM, after party from 8-11 PM).

Steven Barkhimer, John Kuntz, Melinda Lopez, and John Minigan all have plays published in the New England New Play Anthology (edited by Patrick Gabridge). An event featuring the book takes place at Porter Square Books (5/16, 7 PM).

Congratulations to Sarah Bliss and Allison Cekala, who are among the film artists attending the 2017 Flaherty Film Seminar as LEF New England Fellows.

Charles Coe's poem "Mnemonic" installed as part of Mass Poetry's Raining Poetry project

Charles Coe and Tanya Larkin are among the poets whose work is featured in Mass Poetry’s Raining Poetry project.

Samantha Fields, Matthew Gamber, Masako Kamiya, Justin Kimball, Kelly Popoff, Cristi Rinklin, and Daniela Rivera all received awards from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Artist’s Resource Trust Fund.

Kenji Nakayama and Ben Sloat are exhibiting in Absent at the Lesley University VanDernoot Gallery (5/11-6/10, opening reception 5/11, 6-8 PM).

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Elizabeth Alexander currently has work in the exhibition Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting at Currier Museum of Art (thru 5/21). She has solo show, I May Not Be a Lion, at Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy (thru 6/18), with an artist talk 5/20, 10:30 AM-12 noon, moderated by Annie Carlano, Senior Curator of Craft, Design and Fashion at The Mint Museum. Work from her Heirloom series is currently featured in the touring State of the Art exhibitions from Crystal Bridges Art Museum.

Stacey Alickman has a solo exhibition, In Memory: works by Stacey Alickman, at Kingston Gallery (5/3-5/28, opening reception 5/5, 5:30-8:30 PM).

Steven Bogart directs Peerless for Company One Theatre (C1), performed at the Boston Public Library (thru 5-28, 7 PM). All tickets are pay-what-you-can in this production, produced in conjunction with the Library’s “All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare.”

Sarah Braman is part of the group exhibition In the Abstract at MASS MoCA (opening reception 5/6, 5:30-7 PM).

Mark Cooper recently showed at Lesley University’s Lunder Art Center. Read a review in WBUR’s ARTery.

John Gianvito screened his film Profit motive and the whispering wind at Harvard Film Archive (5/1, 7 PM), part of its Cinema of Resistance series.

Sean Greene is exhibiting in Eye of the Song: Visual Art by Musicians at The Putney School’s Michael S. Currier Center Gallery (thru 5/20).

Carrie Gustafson exhibited in The Smithsonian Craft Show in April.

Mags Harries has a solo exhibition, Adrift, at Boston Sculptors Gallery (5/10-6/11, opening reception 5/20, 5-8 PM).

James Heflin‘s debut poetry collection Krakatoa Picnic has been published by Hedgerow Books.

Catherine Kernan has a solo show, perimeters, at Soprafina Gallery (5/5-5/27, artist’s reception 5/13, 2-4 PM).

Dawn Kramer will perform in an event called From the Horse’s Mouth, a benefit for The Dance Complex (5/5 and 5/6).

Jesse Kreitzer‘s film Black Canaries received “Special Jury Recognition for Short Narrative Film” at the Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF). This marks the 8th film festival award for Black Canaries.

Mira T. Lee is part of The Strategic Writer panel for the Muse and the Marketplace Conference (5/7, 1-2:30 PM).

Danielle Legros Georges reads her poetry in the Brookline Poetry Series at the Brookline Public Library (5/21, 2 PM).

Mary Lum has an exhibition, Assembly (Lorem Ipsum), at MASS MoCA (thru 5/28).

Matthew Mazzotta currently has work at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum NYC in a show called By the People: Designing a Better America. Read an ArtSake article about his recent project, Cloud House.

Cecelia Raker‘s play La Llorona will be produced by Fresh Ink Theatre at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (5/5-5/20).

Abraham Ravett‘s film Holding Hands with Ilse screened in the Massachusetts Multicultural International Film Festival at UMASS Amherst in April.

Marian Roth has a 20-year retrospective, On Bended Light, at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (5/5-7/16, opening reception 5/12, 6 PM).

Congratulations to Jim Shepard, who won the Rea Award, a $30,000 prize for a short story writer.

Leslie Sills has an exhibition of paintings, Sanctuary, at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, Vermont (thru 6/25, artist talk 6/22, 6 PM).

Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz has an exhibition, Arctic Abrasions, at Miller Yezerski (thru 5/23).

Jeff Warmouth will offer a presentation as part of the exhibit Games and Politics at Boston Cyberarts (5/17, 7-9 PM).

Debra Weisberg recently completed 22-ft long commission for Facebook Cambridge Office. Read more on ArtSake.

Linda K. Werthheimer wrote an essay for WBUR’s Cognoscenti about how her mother broadened her experience with diverse cultures.

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

Image: Charles Coe’s poem “Mnemonic” installed as part of Mass Poetry’s Raining Poetry project.

Artist’s Voice: Debra Weisberg

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Using tape, paper, and other unexpected materials, Debra Weisberg (Drawing Fellow ’08) explores the boundaries of drawing. Here, she discusses a recent commission to create a large-scale installation as part of the Facebook Artist in Residence Program.

Debra Weisberg creates a drawing installation at the Facebook Cambridge Office. Photo by Simone Scheiss.

I recently completed a 22-ft long commission for Facebook Cambridge Office, done mostly on-site over a 10 day period. The installation was made using black and white tape, vinyl signage tape, and pre-fabricated paper based sculptural elements. The tape and sculptures were applied directly to the wall/ceilings emerging from and contrasting with the angularity of the industrial aluminum pipes and ducts – the poetry of the hand-made bumping against the manufactured – using an industrial material to create the illusion of the ephemeral.

Debra Weisberg creates a drawing installation at the Facebook Cambridge Office. Photo by Simone Scheiss.

Debra Weisberg creates a drawing installation at the Facebook Cambridge Office. Photo by Simone Scheiss.

All of my work is rooted in drawing, which I define, following anthropologist Tim Ingold, as “an indelible record of the pressure of the fingers on the pencil that makes it, driven by impatience, control, or anxiety of the maker… an archive of the maker’s muscle.” For me, the act of drawing is dynamic, improvisational, and mutable inside any installation.

Debra Weisberg creates a drawing installation at the Facebook Cambridge Office. Photo by Simone Scheiss.

Debra Weisberg creates a drawing installation at the Facebook Cambridge Office. Photo by Simone Scheiss.

Part of my studio practice also includes temporary large-scale collaborative drawing projects with students in public and private high schools, museums and in colleges including Wheaton College, St Paul’s and Milton Academy. I recently created collaborative drawings with students from Wheaton College over a ten day residency (see below). These installations are tailored to meet the budget and time schedules of the supporting institutions and remain up from 6 weeks to a year, as in the case of Milton Academy. When collaborating with students, one of the main goals is to expand their definition of drawing and to adapt their prior drawing methodology into a physical relationship with the architectural space by using a malleable material to generate the gesture and mark instead of a pencil or piece of charcoal.

Students collaborate with Debra Weisberg on a drawing installation at Wheaton College.

Drawing installation at Wheaton College.

Image: all images courtesy of Debra Weisberg. Photo credit: Simone Scheiss.

Artist’s Voice: Matthew Mazzotta

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Matthew Mazzotta’s (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellow ’11) new project CLOUD HOUSE, is a “cloud” that rains on a tin roof when you sit in the rocking chairs (location: Farmer’s Park – Springfield, MO).

CLOUD HOUSE is a unique rain harvesting system that creatively reuses the rainwater it collects to provide a deeper look into the natural systems that give us the food we eat.

On rainy days, a gutter system collects rain that hits the roof and directs it to storage tank underneath the house. Sitting in the rocking chairs triggers a pump that brings the collected rainwater up into the “cloud” to drop onto the roof, producing that warm pleasant sound of rain on a tin roof.

At the same time, rainwater drops from the tops of the windows onto the edible plants growing in the windowsills.

Designed to collect and store rainwater for the “cloud” to rain, this display of the water-cycle illustrates our fragile dependence on the natural systems that grow the food we eat, and at points throughout the year when there is low rainfall, the ‘cloud’ will not rain on the roof because it is simply out of water. CLOUD HOUSE is clad with barn wood and tin reclaimed from a nearby abandoned farm by group of Amish builders.

With rocking chairs on a barn wood floor, the sound of rain on a tin roof, and rain drops bringing the necessary elements for plants growing in the window sills, the look and feel of CLOUD HOUSE is the epitome of a rural farm experience from simpler times, and creates a space to reflect on the natural processes of food production. Located at Springfield, MO’s largest farmers market, CLOUD HOUSE is a poetic counterpoint to the well-attended market and offers a meditative moment to slow down, enjoy the fresh edible plants, and listen to rain on a tin roof.


Watch a video about Matthew Mazzotta’s CLOUD HOUSE.

Matthew‘s work Open House was part of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum NYC show called “By the People: Designing a Better America.” 

All images courtesy of Matthew Mazzotta.

Myrna Balk: 50 Year Retrospective at Piano Craft Gallery

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Mixed media artist Myrna Balk is exhibiting at Boston’s Piano Craft Gallery (5/5-5/28, opening reception 5/7, 3-6 PM, artist discussion 5/21, 3 PM) in Connecting the Dots, encompassing 50 years of her artistic output.

Here, she discusses the exhibition, how a life of social work affected her art, and highlights and surprises from 50 years of working in clay, steel, wood, etching, and more.

Sculptural work by Myrna Balk

You work in a range of materials and processes. What makes you select one material over another in the creation of a new work?
When I choose a new subject, I instinctively decide on the material I think will work best. There is not much inner conversation. It just feels right. I usually focus on one technique at a time. Other times I feel like working in a specific material, and it is only after it is finished that I know if there is a meaning or not.

How has your career as a social worker impacted your art?
It exposed me to many intense social situations, and these experiences inspired the subject of some of my art. For example, in 1998 I was invited to Kathmandu, Nepal to consult on domestic violence and teach at a school of social work. Once there, I was introduced to the victims of sex trafficking. Because of my experience in working with groups, I was comfortable in meeting with women and girls in seven shelters. I gave them the opportunity to have fun and to draw. I did not expect them to want to tell me their stories and to take their experiences home with me. Thus I was exposed to situations that most people do not encounter, firsthand. This led to my doing my own large body of etchings about trafficking. Eight of them were shown at the United Nations in New York City.

Etching by Myrna Balk

How do you know when your work is done?
When I went from welding to etching it was hard for me to know when something was done. This was because I was not secure with the new material. As I became more confident I let the piece speak for itself and knew when it was finished.

Your exhibition at the Piano Craft Gallery is a 50 year retrospective. Any highlights (or lowlights) that stand out from those decades?
At one point, when I was welding, I had 7 unfinished pieces of sculpture. I was stuck on one so started another. When the number got to 7, I was in despair. I just sat in a rocking chair and read in my studio waiting for the ideas to start coming again. Then one day I looked up and there was the piece of steel that would fix one of the unfinished pieces. After that all of the work was finished within a few hours.

Steel sculpture by Myrna Balk

What artist do you most admire but work nothing like?
Ben Shahn is at the top of my list of admired artists. Others, in no special order, are Käthe Kollwitz, Anthony Caro, Alice Neel, and Anselm Kiefer.

What’s the most surprising response to your art you’ve ever received?
The most wonderful surprise that I had was Anthony Caro inviting Clement Greenberg to meet me. Greenberg then came to my home to see my work. He was extremely complimentary and encouraged me to continue sculpting.

What do you listen to while you create?
I usually focus on my inner voice. Sometimes I listen to Amy Goodman from the radio program DEMOCRACY NOW. She keeps me up on a lot of the political issues.

What are you currently reading?
Out Stealing Horses by Per Peterson, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

How many revisions does your work typically go through?
I do not work and rework my pieces. I work fast and usually am satisfied with the first results. In the case of outdoor installations, the work is meant to be adjusted when it is in a tree or on the ground or in the water.

Sculptural work by Myrna Balk

Sculpture by Myrna Balk


Myrna Balk: Connecting the Dots
Piano Craft Gallery
May 5-May 28, 2017
Opening reception: May 7, 2017, 3-6 PM
Artist Discussion: May 21, 2017, 3 PM

Images: all images courtesy of the artist.

Fellows Notes – Apr 17

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

In April, a shower of news from past and present MCC Artist Fellowship awardees.

 

Natalie Alper, Anne Neely, Jo Ann Rothschild, and Maxine Yalovitz-Blankenship are part of the group exhibition Expanding Abstraction: New England Women Painters from 1950 to Now at the deCordova Museum (4/7-9/17).

MCC Artist Fellowship Program awardees Colleen Coyne, Cynthia Gunadi, Thomas McNeely, and Rosalind Pace read at Porter Square Books (4/21, 7 PM).

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Amy Archambault created the installation Hideout at Boston Children’s Museum (thru 6/18). Read about the installation in The Boston Globe.

Steven Bogart directs Peerless for Company One Theatre (C1), performed at the Boston Public Library (4/27-5-28, 7 PM). All tickets are pay-what-you-can in this production, produced in conjunction with the Library’s “All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare.”

Meryl Cohn‘s play The Final Say is part of the Smith College New Playreading Series (4/6, 7:30 PM).

Nicole Duennebier‘s paintings are featured in Hi-Fructose, a contemporary art magazine.

Beth Galston has a solo exhibition, Luminous Garden, at the Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT (thru 7/17).

Christy Georg will give a slide lecture at Santa Fe Clay (4/14, 1 PM) about her project Great Guns, one of the most ambitious projects attempted in the 43-year history of the Kohler Arts/Industry Residency Program. Read about the project in ArtSake.

James Heflin‘s debut poetry collection Krakatoa Picnic will be published by Hedgerow Books (5/1).

Robert Knox‘s novel Suosso’s Lane, based on the Plymouth, Mass. origins of the infamous Sacco-Vanzetti case, was published by Web-e-Books as an ebook in late 2015. The paperback edition was published in April 2016. Robert discusses the novel at the Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield (4/13, 7 PM). His first poetry collection, Gardeners Do It With Their Hands Dirty, is scheduled for publication later this month by Finishing Line Press. He reads from the collection at Plymouth Public Library (4/24, 7 PM). Currently, he is a contributing editor to the online poetry journal Verse-Virtual.com, and he currently has poetry published in the March edition.

Niho Kozuru‘s sculpture Longfellow Column has been acquired for the permanent collection of the Fuller Craft Museum. The mold for Longfellow Column comes from a balustrade at the Cambridge home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Danielle Legros Georges reads at the Rozzie Reads Poetry/Open Mic at Roslindale House (4/27, 7 PM).

Yary Livan, master ceramist and National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow, returns to the Loading Dock Gallery in April with One Man’s Journey: Restoring a Lost Tradition(3/29- 4/30).

Stephanie Lubkowski‘s solo viola piece Avanc will be performed in the Equilibrium Concert Series as part of their commissioning project concert at the New School of Music in Cambridge (4/15, 8 PM).

Rania Matar‘s work will be part of The Photography Show at AIPAD with Pictura Gallery in NYC, and of the exhibition Action at a Distance at Angela Meleca Gallery, in Columbus, OH. She has an artist talk at Gund Gallery at Kenyon College (4/4, 4 PM), coinciding with her current Mellon artist-in-residency and with the exhibition Aftermath: The Fallout of War — America and the Middle East.

Nathalie Miebach is exhibiting in State of the Art, Discovering American Art Now at the Mint Museum in Charlotte NC (4/22-9/3). She is also giving artist talks at Crystal Bridges Museum, part of a symposium called “Art in Conversation: Environment, Identity and Memory” (4/7-4/8), and at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, FL as part of their “Future Environments” lecture series (4/19).

James Morrow and his company james morrow/The Movement present a free House Dance Jam at the Boston Center for the Arts Calderwood Pavilion 4/8, 6 PM).

Congratulations to Ethan Murrow, who won the 2017 Brooke and Hap Stein Emerging Arts Prize from the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. This month, his solo show The Cowboy will exhibit at Winston Wachter Gallery in Seattle (4/18-6/20, reception 4/18 6-8 PM).

Abraham Ravett‘s film Holding Hands with Ilse will screen in the Massachusetts Multicultural International Film Festival at UMASS Amherst (4/19, 7:30 PM).

Monica Raymond wrote the texts for two songs, Snow Queen and The Garden in the Snow (composed by Charles Turner) to premiere at an all-day arts festival at Arts at the Armory (4/14).

Susan Rivo‘s documentary Left on Pearl has its official premiere at the Boston International Film Festival in the Paramount Center’s Bright Family Room (4/14, 5:30 PM).

Dawn Southworth has a solo exhibition of paintings and sculpture, Premonition, at Clark Gallery (4/4-5/9, reception 4/8, 4-7 PM).

Peter Snoad‘s documentary play, The Draft, about personal experiences with the Vietnam War draft, is now available on DVD and streaming through the Media Education Foundation. The play was filmed in performance during its premiere at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury where Peter was Visiting Playwright from 2013-15. Peter returns to Hibernian Hall when his short play Apple Pie is performed by Roxbury Repertory Theatre as part of its “Six Playwrights in Search of a Stage” festival (4/15-4/16).

Laurel Sparks is among the artists exhibiting in Witches at September Gallery in Hudson, NY (thru 5/7). Laurel will participate in an event, Witches Performance Night, on 4/22, 6–8 PM.

Joyce Van Dyke has a staged reading of her new play The Women Who Mapped the Stars at Central Square Theater (4/17, 8 PM). There will be a workshop production at the same theatre in May/June. Her play Daybreak will have a staged reading (4/21, 7:30 PM) at Pan Asian Repertory Theater in New York. Her new play Ballad for Americans will have a staged reading at Northeastern University (5/1).

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

Image: trailer for LEFT ON PEARL by Susan Rivo, premiering this month at the Boston International Film Festival.

What Do You Strive to Avoid in Your Art?

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Periodically, we pose questions to artists about issues they face in their work and lives.

We were curious about ruts, pitfalls, or other counter-productive things from which artists make a conscious effort to steer clear. So we asked, What do you work hardest at trying to avoid in your work?

The answers range from technical or material concerns, issues of art history, creative decisions, and (in one case) become a poetic expression all their own.

Mara Superior, AMERICANA (2016), porcelain, salt glazed white stoneware, 14.5x18x2 in

Mara Superior, ceramicist
My material is porcelain, and there are so many technical issues and things that could go wrong all along the way before a piece is completed. As I’m making, I’m always trying to avoid mishandling the materials.

Porcelain is a high-risk material because it shrinks about 15 percent. Working with it is all about timing, moisture content, construction, drying slowly then bisque firing. I am interested in the beauty of the final product. I bear with the process.

To add a little more excitement into the mix, I work with an atmospheric kiln which means the results are not consistent each time as it might be in an electric kiln. As I work I am imagining the ideal outcome. There is always an adjustment and surprise when the kiln is opened.

Esthetically speaking I try to avoid being too decorative, although I love ornament. I try to balance beauty and content. I believe that some difficult content delivered in a beautiful package is intriguing and alluring.

 

Scott Challener, poet
avoidance procedures

comfortable writing

harmlessness…

READ the poet’s visual-poetic response

 

Marky Kauffmann, MAGGIE: DISINTEGRATION, from the LOST BEAUTY series

Marky Kauffmann, photographer
It is really important to me to make photographs that have an originality of expression. Of course, I understand that being original is impossible. We all stand on the shoulders of the artists who have come before us. Perhaps what I’m calling originality is really creativity – having a strong creative element in my work, something no one else has thought to try. By combining darkroom techniques and digital technologies in a unique manner, I try hard to avoid having my work look like someone else’s. If someone says to me, “Your work looks like so and so’s,” I know I have failed to accomplish what I set out to do.

At the same time, whatever technical devices I use, I want them to make sense in my work. I want to avoid cheap tricks at all costs. This can be a delicate balancing act, but I strive to speak forcefully, purposefully, and skillfully with all the tools in my toolbox.

 

Shubha Sunder, writer
Thomas Mann put it this way in The Magic Mountain: “There are so many different kinds of stupidity, and cleverness is one of the worst.” As a writer of fiction, I work hard to avoid cleverness in my work. This means being on the lookout for things like heavy-handed metaphors, striking images that fail to resonate with the themes of the story, or sentences that twist themselves into pretzels to convey, in the end, what could be said in a few simple words. Cleverness is not the same as complexity, when the world on the page reflects and illuminates the messiness of real life. That sort of effect comes not from clever technique but from a deep exploration of characters and situations. I used to delight in showing off my pyrotechnics as a writer; now, I’m obsessed with doing everything possible to immerse a reader into the world of the story – to make the words disappear, rather then stand out.

 

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

Evan Morse, sculptor
My earliest sculptural works were so close to historical precedents that what I thought was a commentary on the past seemed to most people to be merely copying the past. Most people can’t not think Greek, Roman, Renaissance, or Rodin when they see a marble nude. This has been my struggle throughout the youth of my sculptural career and is the thing that I am continually seeking to avoid in my work. How do I make art that speaks for itself first, and its historical counterparts second? How do I make figurative sculpture that builds upon history rather than repeats it? Not to mention that all the aforementioned acts are tough ones to follow…

After some searching and experimentation, I realized that the traditional methods and materials are important to me. Taking part in the millennia-long visual conversation in the representation of the human figure is important to me. This means that the content of my work has to be strong enough on its own to both embrace its historical allusions and seem original at the same time. It’s a fine line to walk, and I’m working to avoid the pitfalls all the time.

 

Scott Challener is a doctoral candidate in Rutgers University. His most recent poems appear in the online publication Pangyrus (out of Cambridge) and Lana Turner Journal.

Marky Kauffmann is a photographer who curated Outspoken, an exhibition of seven female photographers that recently closed at the de Menil Gallery at Groton School. The show will travel to the Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill next fall.

Evan Morse‘s sculpture has been exhibited at Boston City Hall, Danforth Art in Framingham, and Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, among many other venues.

Shubha Sunder‘s fiction has been appeared in Crazyhorse magazine, where it won the 2015 Crazyhorse Fiction Prize; Narrative Magazine, where it was a winner of “30 Below, Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Bangalore Review. She teaches at GrubStreet and recently completed her first novel, Boomtown Girl.

Mara Superior has received five awards from the Artist Fellowships Program since 1986. Her ceramic work is currently on exhibit in A Sense of Place, the 73rd Scripps Ceramic Annual exhibition at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery in Claremont, CA.

Images: Mara Superior, AMERICANA (2016), porcelain, salt glazed white stoneware, 14.5x18x2 in; Marky Kauffmann, MAGGIE” DISINTEGRATION, from the LOST BEAUTY series; Evan Morse, SEB AND CLAIRE ILLEGALLY STREAM A MOVIE (2016), hydrocal, pigment 9x18x15 in.

Fellows Notes – Mar 17

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

It’s March, the equator is about to pass by the center of the sun (happy Spring Equinox), and our past Artist Fellowships awardees continue to shine with honors, exhibitions, readings, and so much more. Here’s the latest news.


Lisa Nilsson, from the 40 Years of Fellowships project. This month, the artist exhibits at the Currier Museum of Art

 

Elizabeth Alexander, Ambreen Butt, Fred H C Liang, Lisa Nilsson, Jane South, Randal Thurston, and August Ventimiglia are among the artists featured in Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH (thru 5/21.)

Laura Chasman and Leslie Sills join Nancy Gruskin for the exhibition Life: from life at room83 Spring in Watertown (3/9-4/22, reception 3/11, 3-5 PM).

Frannie Lindsay and Lynne Potts read as part of the Brookline Poetry Series at the Brookline Public Library Main Branch in Brookline Village (3/19, 2 PM).

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Sophia Ainslie has an exhibition of paintings at the Boston City Hall Mayor’s Art Gallery, in conjunction with Women’s History Month (thru 3/31).

Simeon Berry reads at the Gloucester Writers Center (3/15, 7:30 PM).

Ben Berman will read from his new poetry collection Figuring at the Figure at Brookline Booksmith (3/16, 7 PM).

Sarah Bliss curated and is presenting From the Farm at the Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival in Scotland. From the Farm is a curated program of 13 films made at the Independent Imaging Retreat (aka Film Farm) offered in rural Ontario every summer by Canadian experimental filmmaker Philip Hoffman and his dedicated staff.

Ria Brodell has a solo show of paintings, Butch Heroes, at
Gallery Kayafas (3/3-4/8, opening reception 3/3, 5:30-8 PM). She’ll also be releasing the limited edition book Butch Heroes: Paintings by Ria Brodell, with book signing and panel discussion 3/18, 3 PM.

Kim Carlino has a solo exhibition, The Primary Line, (3/1-3/28), at the UMass Amherst Herter Art Gallery.

Lucien Castaing-Taylor and collaborator Véréna Paravel, who are among the Foster Prize Artists at the ICA Boston, will give an in-gallery Foster Talk (3/16, 7 PM).

Caleb Cole has a solo show of photography, To Be Seen, at Gallery Kayafas (3/3-4/8, opening reception 3/3, 5:30-8 PM).

Harriet Diamond has a new installation, Driven from their Homes, at the Oxbow Gallery (3/2-3/26, reception 3/10, 5-8 PM, artist talk 3/23, 7 PM).

Congratulations to Duy Doan, winner of the 2017 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. The poet’s manuscript We Play a Game was selected by Series judge Carl Phillips.

Mary Jane Doherty is screening two of her early films, Gravity and Three Fish, as well as an excerpt of a new work, Sonic Boom Boom, as part of the DocYard Series at Brattle Theatre in Cambridge (3/20, 7 PM).

Andrew Haines has an exhibition of paintings, Distracted Driving, at Clark Gallery (thru 4/1, reception 3/4, 4:30-7 PM).

Shannon Heaton has a new podcast, Irish Music Stories, available on iTunes. This month, she performs in Portland, ME (3/17, 7 PM) and Medford, MA (3/18, 8 PM).

Joo Lee Kang has a solo show VictoriANimals at Gallery NAGA (3/3-3/25, opening reception 3/3, 6-8 PM).

Congratulations to Stefan Lanfer, whose play Prudence was selected to be part of a first ever reading of new plays at American Stage in Tampa, FL. Locally, the play will have public readings by the open theater project at Bella Luna Café (3/20) and by the Emerson Theatre Collaborative in CT (4/8) in April.

Stephanie Lubkowski‘s composition Right now, in a second will be performed by Transient Canvas at the Music Mansion in Providence, RI (3/3, 8 PM) and at the Equilibrium Concern Series at Third Life Studio in Somerville (3/4, 8 PM). Also, the Charles River Wind Ensemble will premiere all three movements of Stephanie’s wind ensemble piece Circles Circling at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library in Lexington (3/13, 3 PM).

Richard Michelson‘s children’s book Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy was awarded the 2017 Sydney Taylor Silver Medal from Association of Jewish Librarians and a 2016 Junior Library Guild Gold Medal. His just-published picture book The Language of Angels received a 2017 Junior Library Guild Gold Medal. Richard will reading from my work in Seoul, South Korea (3/30) and at the Poetry Center at PCCC in Paterson NJ along with Mark Doty (4/1).

Nathalie Miebach has an artist talk/concert at the Clay Center for Arts and Sciences in Charleston, WV (3/22, 5-7 PM). It will will include musical performances by composers Mischa Salkind-Pearl and Matthew Jackfert, who have both written pieces about Nathalie’s work. Also this month, she’ll present artist talks at Winchester High School and Abington High School.

Stephen Mishol has a solo exhibition, Place at the Neiman Center at Columbia University School of the Arts (thru 3/17). His work is also featured in DRAW/Boston at the Massachusetts College of Art (thru 3/4).

Congratulations to Ethan Murrow, whose children’s book The Whale, co-created with Vita Murrow, was selected for the Longlist for the 2017 Kate Greenaway Medal.

Anne Neely is in the group exhibition Thinking About Water: Artists Reflect (3/22-6/30, opening reception 3/22, 7-9 PM) at The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum in Boston.

Brad Nelson has a solo exhibition This Tells Me Where I Am, at frosch&portmann in New York City (3/0-4/23, opening reception 3/9, 6-8 PM).

Masha Obolensky‘s play Marvelous Fruit will be read at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (3/19, 7 PM).

Gabriel Polonsky will screen and hold a director’s talk for his film Release from Reason (3/11, 3-5 PM), in conjunction with the Life: from life at room83 Spring Gallery. The documentary, currently in-progress, is about the life and work of Boston Expressionist painter Arthur Polonsky (the filmmaker’s father).

Monica Raymond recently returned from a three-week residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, where she showed work as part of an exhibit of Erasure Texts and read new poems and performed improvised poetry and music as part of INsideOUT (3/9). She will be reading poems from the sequence A Walk on Norfolk Street (set in Cambridge 2013, around the Boston Marathon bombings) at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center (3/28, 3 PM), part of a daylong symposium Women’s Sense of Place.

Shelley Reed has a solo exhibition, A Curious Nature, at Fitchburg Art Museum (thru 6/4, opening reception 3/12, 2-5 PM).

Tara Sellios has a solo exhibition of photography, Testimony, at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland OR (3/2-4/2, reception 3/2, 6-9 PM, artist talk 3/3, 12 PM).

Laurel Sparks is among the artists exhibiting in Witches at September Gallery in Hudson, NY (3/18-5/7, opening reception 3/18, 6-8 PM).

Naoe Suzuki has recently returned from a month-long residency at the Tokyo Wonder Site. Currently, she’s exhibiting in Cloudlands at the Albany International Airport (thru 7/31).

Cam Terwilliger‘s as yet unpublished novel Yet Wilderness Grew in My Heart is the winner of the 2017 Caledonia Novel Award.

Sarah Wentworth‘s photograph Rugosa Window, is one of the pieces in the Maud Morgan Art Center Chandler Gallery‘s 2017 Small Works Salon (3/20-4/14, reception 4/2, 3-5 PM). The exhibition was juried by gallery owner Howard Yezerski.

Kris Willcox‘s essay Love and Compost will soon be published in the Portland Review.

Evan Ziporyn was featured in WBUR’s ARTery for his orchestral version of David Bowie’s album Blackstar.

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Image: interview with Lisa Nilsson, from the 40 Years of Fellowships project. This month, the artist exhibits at the Currier Museum of Art.

Fellows Notes – Feb 17

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Fevrier, Febrero, Februar… presenting this month’s news from awardees of our Artist Fellowships Program.

Jenine Sheroes, THAW (2015), site-specific installation at at Jamaica Pond in Boston, Massachusetts

Sonia Almeida and Lucien Castaing-Taylor are among the artists recognized by the ICA Boston James and Audrey Foster Prize 2017. Their work will part of the ICA’s Foster Prize exhibition (2/16-7/9).

Samantha Fields, Andrew Mowbray, and Bob Oppenheim have work in Stitch: Syntax/Action/Reaction at the New Art Center in Newton (2/16-3/31, reception 2/16, 6-8 PM). The exhibition is part of the Curatorial Opportunities Program; Samatha Fields co-curated the exhibition with Jessica Burko.

Dana Filibert and Naoe Suzuki are among the artists exhibiting in Cloudlands at the Albany International Airport (thru 7/31, reception 2/17 5:30-7:30 PM).

Kenji Nakayama and Ben Sloat are among the artists in the exhibition All That Glitters Is Not Gold at Drive-by Projects (thru 3/28).

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Alexandra Anthony‘s film Lost in the Bewilderness had a theatrical run at Alkyonis New Star Cinema in Athens, Greece. The run was extended 11 more days than originally planned and opened at a second theatre, New Studio Art Cinema, as well.

Karl Baden has a solo exhibit of recently rediscovered prints, Thermographs 1976, at Miller Yezerski Gallery (2/11-3/14, reception and gallery talk 2/11, 3-5 PM).

Mary Bucci McCoy has a solo exhibition, Terra Recognita at Jane Deering Gallery in Gloucester (thru 2/26). She’s also exhibiting in Combined at Gray Contemporary in Houston (thru 2/18).

Kim Carlino has a solo exhibition, The Primary Line, at the UMass Amherst Herter Gallery (2/28-3/27, reception 3/1, 5-7 PM). She’s also recently launched a new website.

Vico Fabbris had a painting, Azumacea, featured on Linda Hoffman’s Apples, Art, and Spirit Blog.

Kieran Jordan has opened a new dance studio space in Hyde Park. She’ll have a New Studio Open House (2/26, 12-4 PM), with live music and pop-up performances.

Rania Matar is exhibiting her photography series Invisible Children at PhotoMed Liban in Beirut (thru 2/8). The series was recently reviewed by Hyperallergic and Photograph Magazine. She will also exhibit in the group exhibition Aftermath: The Fallout of War – America and the Middle East at The Gund Gallery at Kenyon College (thru 4/20). Rania is artist-in-residence at Kenyon College this coming semester, thanks to a Mellon Foundation supported artist residency. She’s also exhibiting in Becoming at RayKo PhotoCenter (thru 2/21) and Outspoken: Seven Women Photographers at the de Menil Gallery at Groton School.

Richard Michelson‘s picture book Fascinating has been selected for as a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 2017 by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council.

Nathalie Miebach has work in two exhibitions opening this month: Art of the Weather at the Clay Center for Arts and Sciences in Charleston, WV (2/4-8/15), and Crooked Data: (Mis)Information in Contemporary Art at University of Richmond Museum, (2/7-5/5).

Monica Raymond‘s short play Hijab (with Adrianjne Krystansky) will have a reading at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center (2/16, 12:30 PM). It’s part of a program, HIJAB and Notes From the Field, that will discuss the cultural significance of women’s veiling around the world. Also, Monica’s monologue Ernesto had a staged reading at Theater Iati (NYC) in January.

Shelley Reed has a solo exhibition, A Curious Nature, at Fitchburg Art Museum (2/12-6/4). Her painting Predator/Prey (after Oudry) will also be the fulcrum of the group exhibition A Feast of Beasts (2/12-9/3).

Renee Ricciardi is the curator of The Uncertainty Principle, an exhibition about “Chance, Wonder, & Quantum Mysteries by Emerging New England Photographers” at the Fort Point Arts Community Gallery (2/8-2/22, reception 2/16, 5:30-7:30 PM).

Anna Ross has a poem, Back Porch Aubade, published on Harvard Review Online.

Sage Schmett exhibits her sculptural work in Hoarder Vacui at the Harvard Ed Portal Crossings Gallery (thru 2/24).

Jenine Shereos has two solo exhibitions in MA: Thaw, at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston (thru 3/8, reception 2/25, 5-7 PM); and Im/material: Cloth in Collaboration with Nature, at UMass Amherst Hampden Gallery (2/26-3/27, reception 2/26, 2-4 PM).

Deb Todd Wheeler, along with exhibiting in Loud and Clear (thru 2/7) at Miller Yezerski Gallery, will perform with her band The LENNYcollective the Lily Pad in Cambridge (2/4, 8 PM).

Jung Yun is a finalist for the 2016 Barnes and Noble Discover Awards.

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Image: Jenine Sheroes, THAW (2015), site-specific installation at at Jamaica Pond in Boston, Massachusetts.

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.

Fellows Notes – Jan 17

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Each month, we share the news and honors of Artist Fellows & Finalists. Here’s the newest, in this new month of the new year.

Cover art for BEFORE YOU by Rebecca Doughty (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2017)

Regie Gibson, Letta Neely, Monica Raymond, and David Valdes Greenwood are among the artists whose work will be performed at Pinning Our Hopes, an evening of poems and scenes exploring the years ahead under the new president. The show, which is curated by David Valdes Greenwood, has two performances (1/14, 4 PM and 8 PM) and is free/donation-based.

Marky Kauffmann and Rania Matar both have photography in Outspoken: Seven Women Photographers at the de Menil Gallery at Groton School (opening reception 1/18, 7 PM). Marky Kauffmann curated the exhibition.

Kenji Nakayama and Ben Sloat are among the artists in the exhibition All That Glitters Is Not Gold at Drive-by Projects (1/28-3/11, reception 1/28, 4-6 PM).

Rachel Perry, Joe Wardwell, and Deb Todd Wheeler are among the artists exhibiting in Loud and Clear at Miller Yezerski Gallery (1/6-2/7).

Daniela Rivera and Evelyn Rydz are both exhibiting in latinx@mericañaza at Samson Projects.

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Kati Agócs had the U.S. premiere of her string quarter Tantric Variations, performed by the Cecilia String Quartet on Stradivari instruments, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. in December.

Alexandra Anthony has a one-week theatrical run of her film Lost in the Bewilderness in Athens, Greece (1/12-1/18) at the Alkyonis Art Cinema. National Greek TV (ERT) will broadcast the film 1/15. The film’s December premiere in Greece received press attention in Madame Figaro and THETOC.gr.

Carrie Bennett has poetry in Issue 30 of jubilat.

Steven Bogart has a staged reading of his play Rehearsal at First Church in Boston Unitarian Universalist (1/24, 7 PM).

David Bookbinder has recently published two books: 52 (more) Flower Mandalas (an adult coloring book collaboration with Mary O’Malley) and Paths to Wholeness: Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.

Rebecca Doughty has a new picture book, Before You, which will have a book launch event at Joie de Vivre in Cambridge (1/15, 4-6 PM).

Michael Dowling co-wrote the feature film Brave New Jersey, and it’s screening at the Berkshire Film Festival (1/12, 6 PM reception, 7 PM screening, q&a to follow).

Samantha Fields has a performative sculptural installation in the exhibition Is this Something at the Lasell College Wedeman Gallery (1/24-2/11, reception 1/29, 4-6 PM). Next summer, she will be Artist-in-Residence at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin.

Sean Greene has a solo exhibition, Impulse Control, at the Williston Northampton School Grubbs Gallery (thru 1/30, reception 1/14, 1 PM).

Carrie Gustafson is exhibiting in the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair (1/18-1/22).

Michael Hoerman‘s poems “Disoriented Fascination,” “The God-box Killer,” and “The B-side of Stuxnet,” published in Eureka Literary Magazine, were nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Eric Hofbauer‘s album Three Places in New England (with The Eric Hofbauer Quintet) was named one of the Boston Globe’s Top Ten Jazz Albums of 2016.

Joel Janowitz has a solo exhibition, Protected Trees, presented by Cambridge Arts at Gallery 344 (1/23-4/7, reception 1/30, 6-8 PM).

Niho Kozuru is among the artists in Plastic Imagination Fitchburg Art Museum (thru 1/15).

Scott Listfield is exhibiting in Supersonic Invitational (New York City), Platinum Blend 3 at Modern Eden Gallery (San Francisco), BRINK at Antler Gallery (Portland), and a Rick and Morty-themed exhibition at Gallery 1988 in LA.

Caitlin McCarthy is included in the book The Top 100 Indie Writers in the World.

Nathalie Miebach is in the group show Weather or Not, That Is the Question at the Children’s Museum of New York City (1/16-5/23). She’s also exhibiting in Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America at the University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archeology (1/27-5/14).

Anna Ross has a poem, Back Porch Aubade, published on Harvard Review Online.

Evelyn Rydz‘s exhibition Floating Artifacts is at Tufts University Art Gallery (1/24-5/21, opening reception 1/26, 5-7:30 PM). As mentioned above, she’s also exhibiting in latinx@mericañaza at Samson Projects.

Jenine Shereos has a solo show of new work, Thaw, at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston (1/14-3/8, reception 2/25, 5-7 PM).

Karen Skolfield won the Jeffrey Smith Editors’ Prize in poetry at Missouri Review.

Shubha Sunder wrote about the writing workshop experience for the Grub Street’s GrubWrites blog.

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Image: cover art for BEFORE YOU by Rebecca Doughty (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2017).


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