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Fellows Notes – May 16

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

In May’s news from MCC Artist Fellows/Finalists: books, pop-up shows, crowdfunding campaigns, Spring arts festivals, and excellence aplenty.

Camilo Ramirez, from the project THE GULF

The Massachusetts Poetry Festival 2016 (4/29-5/1) in downtown Salem is a festival of readings, workshops, talks, and other poetry-related events, many featuring past awardees of MCC’s Artist Fellowships Program – read more.

John Cameron and Jennifer McCurdy were both featured in the Smithsonian Craft Show in April.

At the Independent Film Festival Boston (4/27-5/4), Mary Jane Doherty screens Primaria, Michal Goldman screens Nasser’s Republic, Jesse Kreitzer screens Black Canaries, and James Rutenbeck screens Class of ’27. Also, Gabriel Polonsky‘s Release from Reason and Kathryn Ramey‘s The Empty Sign are part of the Mass Works-in-Progress Competition.

Flash Forward Festival Boston is an 8-day photography festival (5/1-5/8) of exhibitions, events, talks, and more. Since one of its primary focuses is New England photography, it’s no surprise that the lots of artists who’ve received MCC Artist Fellowship awards are featured in events: Stella Johnson and Greer Muldowney are in Art/Document (5/3, 5:30-7, Lesley Univeristy’s Lunder Arts Center); Tsar Fedorsky, Michael Joseph, Sarah Malakoff, and Toni Pepe are in the Photographic Resource Center’s Exposure (opening reception 5/5, 5-8 PM); Archiv* (opening reception 5/6, 6-9 PM, Gallery Kayafas) is a solo exhibition of work by Matthew Gamber; Eric Gottesman, Justin Kimball, and Rania Matar are in A Fragile Balance (opening reception 5/6, 6-9 PM, Fort Point Arts Community Gallery); and Stephen Sheffield, Ben Sloat, and Stephen Tourlentes are in [Photo]gogues: New England at Layfayette City Center Passageway (thru 8/26).

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Amy Archambault has a solo exhibition at Boston Sculptors Gallery, Imaginate (5/4-6/5, opening reception 5/15, 4-7 PM, artist talk 3-4 PM).

Claire Beckett‘s solo exhibition The Converts is on view at Carroll & Sons Gallery through May 28 (thru 5/28, opening reception 5/6, 5:30-7:30 pm). She also has work in the The Outwin: American Portraiture Today exhibition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, through 2016.

Sean Downey is exhibiting in the group show Interiors at Dorchester Art Project (thru 5/21).

Samantha Fields gives an artist talk, When Things Touch, at Essex Art Center (5/6, 5 PM). This month, she’s exhibiting in CounterCraft: Voices of the Indie Craft Community at Fuller Craft Museum (5/7-7/10, reception 5/7, 2-5 PM) and in Flow at Nave Gallery in Somerville (thru 5/21).

Nona Hershey is exhibiting a new body of work, sublime@subliminal at Soprafina Gallery in Boston (thru 5/28, artists reception 5/6, 5:30).

Jared Katsiane‘s film Big Willow was awarded first place at the 7th Sustainability Shorts Film Competition at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro. The film has screened at over 100 international festivals.

Danielle Legros Georges, the Boston Poet Laureate, reads from her poetry collection The Dear Remote Nearness of You, reads at Boston Public Library on 5/15, 2-4 PM, in an event co-sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture.

Scott Listfield has his first London solo exhibition, An American Astronaut in London, at StolenSpace Gallery (5/5-5/29). Read his interview with the gallery. Also, he curated an exhibition for Gauntlet Gallery in San Francisco, Vestiges: Scott Listfield & Friends II (thru 5/12). The show includes past MCC Traditional Master Artist Josh Luke.

Melinda Lopez‘s Playwright Residency at the Huntington Theatre will have renewed funding from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, which recently announced a new round of national playwright residencies. Melinda’s residency at Huntington was featured in MCC’s 40 Years of Fellowships project.

Stefanie Lubkowski was commissioned to write Circles Circling, a three movement piece for the Charles River Wind Ensemble. The first movement will be premiered on their Boston, You’re My Home program (5/15, 3 PM, Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library in Lexington). The concert is free and includes works by Michael Gandolfi, Charles Ives, and John Mackey.

Congratulations to Taylor Mac, who is among this year’s Guggenheim Fellows. Also, Taylor Mac will have an upcoming residency at HERE Arts Center, funded by the Mellon Foundation.

Todd McKie has a solo show, Suitable for Framing, at Gallery NAGA (thru 5/28, opening reception 5/6, 6-8 PM).

Nathalie Miebach has work in Interconnections: the Language of Basketry at Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ (5/15-9/4). Also, she is Artist-in-Residence at the Jentel Arts Residency Program in Wyoming, in May.

Ethan Murrow is currently at work on preparing for a large-scale wall drawing for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, FL (7/16-10/30). His new children’s book The Whale, created in collaboration with his wife Vita Murrow, is now available. Previously, Ethan published a monograph with German art book publisher Hatje Cantz.

Anne Neely has a solo show, Ireland: Place and Ritual at the Paul Dietrich Gallery (thru 7/8).

Lisa Olivieri was featured on WGBH’s Greater Boston discussing her documentary Blindsided. The film will screen in the My True Colors Film Festival in NYC in June.

Camilo Ramirez has a solo exhibition of photographs, The Gulf at ArtsWorcester (opening reception 5/6 6-8 PM).

Anna Ross has a new chapbook, Figuring, to be released by Bull City Press in May. She was interviewed about her poetry by the blog Speaking of Marvels.

James Rutenbeck, along with screening a film in the Independent Film Festival Boston (see above), has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support his film-in-progress, The Clemente Project. Read about it on ArtSake.

Leslie Sills has an exhibit of figurative sculpture Personnages at Colo Colo Gallery in New Bedford (thru 5/12).

Congratulations to Cam Terwilliger, the 2015/2016 winner of the Historical Novel Society’s New Novel Award.

Amber Davis Tourlentes has photography in Grounded at Boston Cyberarts Gallery (5/14-6/16. opening reception 5/13 6-8 PM).

Hannah Verlin has a site-specific installation, Remnants, at the Simmons College Trustman Art Gallery (thru 5/25).

Helena Wurzel is in a two-person pop-up exhibition (with Crystalle Lacouture), called Let’s Talk about the Weather, at Lacouture Studio in Wellesley (5/21 reception, 6-8 PM, 5/22 open house, 12-4 PM).

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

Image: Camilo Ramirez, from the project THE GULF.

Mapping Technology and Art-Making

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

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The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) hosts a Nonprofit Arts Community of Practice, a place where people working at the intersection of the nonprofit arts sector and technology can share ideas, resources, and anything else that comes to mind.

Next call: September 22, 2015 at 2pm ET

How is mapping technology informing the narrative of art-making and ownership?

Join NTEN’s Nonprofit Arts Community of Practice for a conversation with arts organizations utilizing mapping technology on September 22 at 2pm ET (11am PT).

Learn about how Carnegie Museum of Art makes its provenance accessible and interactive and hear from HowlRound about their New Play Map, establishing new narratives about who theatermakers are and about how new theater and artists get supported.

Panelists
Jamie M. Gahlon, Senior Creative Producer, HowlRound
Neil Kulas, Web & Digital Media Manager, Carnegie Museum of Art
Brad Stephenson, Director of Marketing, Carnegie Museum of Art

Join the call: https://www.uberconference.com/ntencommunity

Optional dial in number: 866-853-1888 (No PIN needed)

Learn more about the Community of Practice’s conversations to date.

NTEN Communities of Practice center on themes that reflect both a specific programmatic focus and an ongoing opportunity for growth. They are supported by volunteer community organizers who agree to nurture and ignite conversation and engagement. You do not need to be a member of NTEN to participate.

The NTEN NonProfit Arts Community of Practice is a place to launch discussions, pose questions, share ideas and tools, and interact with others. To participate, create an NTEN profile and join the NonProfit Arts Community of Practice (which includes discussion board, event listings, resource libraries, etc.).

To connect on Twitter, use the hashtag #nptecharts

Image: gif from the Smithsonian Libraries Tumblr.

Artist Opportunities By the Powers of Shakespeare

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

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By the powers of Shakespeare, I defy ye all…
… to apply apace for yon artists opportunities!

Of Note Assets for Artists recently published a great list of upcoming deadlines for artist opportunities. Click and prosper.

Art Projects in Melrose The Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts (MMFA) is currently accepting grant proposals from artists interested in bringing their work to the City of Melrose. The MMFA provides limited funds to arts organizations and individual artists to provide broad-based arts experiences to the citizens of the City of Melrose. Qualifying artists, projects or presenters need not be from Melrose, although the product or presentation must occur in Melrose for the benefit of the Melrose community. Questions, email MelroseMFA@Gmail.com. Learn more.
Deadline: rolling

Ten-minute Plays City Theatre in Miami is accepting submissions of short plays (ten minutes) for its City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting. The winning play will be produced in the annual Summer Shorts festival, and the winning playwright will earn royalties, a cash prize of $1,000 and be invited to Miami for the festival. Submit one play only; plays can span style and genre. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2014

Fellowships Fellowships of up to $75,000 each, office space at the Radcliffe Institute, and access to the libraries at Harvard University are given annually to artists in a variety of disciplines to allow them to pursue their creative projects. The fellowship period lasts from September through May. Learn more.
Deadline: October 1, 2014

New Music Projects New Music USA is funding projects that involve “new music getting out into the world through a live performance or recording.” Requests can come from individuals or organizations. To apply, create a user profile and a project page on the New Music USA Web site. Learn more.
Deadline: October 1, 2014 (5 PM EST)

Historical Creative Writing Fellowships The American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA will award at least three fellowships to creative and performing artists and writers to explore pre-20th century American history at the organization’s independent research library. The fellowships will provide monthlong residencies, which include $1,850 and optional housing (housing fee deducted from stipend), to “multiply and improve the ways in which an understanding of history is communicated to the American people.” Fellowship projects include historical novels, nonfiction, plays, poetry, documentary film, screenplays, articles, costume and set designs, sculpture, painting, and other creative endeavors with a basis in history.
Learn more.
Deadline: October 5, 2014

Public Media Art The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and Boston Cyberarts are issuing the twelfth call for media art for display on the Marquee. The organizations are looking for 45-second videos, animations, or computer-generated works that push the creative limits of this LED sculpture. The call is limited to Massachusetts residents only. Learn more.
Deadline: Sunday, October 12, 2014 (midnight)

New England Artists New England artists who has not had a solo show in a commercial gallery are encouraged to apply to the Bromfield Gallery Solo 2015 Competition. This contest awards two artists a solo exhibition each in January, 2015, at Bromfield Gallery in Boston. Apply online, all media, with up to 5 jpgs ($30 fee). Juror: Judith Tolnick Champa, editor-ar-large, Art New England. Learn more.
Deadline: October 15, 2014

Boston-area Visual Artists Reminder to Boston-area artists: apply for the Artadia award. Artadia is now accepting applications for the 2014 Boston Artadia Award from all visual artists living and working throughout the metro Boston area. Individual artists and collaboratives working in all media and at any stage in their career are strongly encouraged to apply. Awardees will be selected through a two-tiered jury process that employs a panel of prominent curators and established artists in the fall of 2014. Learn more.
Deadline: October 24, 2014

Poets The Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize includes a cash award of $1,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 25 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Manuscripts are judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication. Peter Stitt is the final judge. Learn more.
Deadline: October 31, 2014

Northeast Artists The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) seeks submissions for Open Call: NNE (North-Northeast), a juried exhibition open to artists in the six New England states and New York. Open Call: NNE will showcase dozens of artists with 1-4 works each. The exhibition dates are January 10–February 7, 2015. The juror is Richard Klein, Exhibitions Director, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. ENTRY FEE: $30 ($20 for BMAC members). Learn more.
Deadline: November 14, 2014

Creative Repurposing PIPELINE Ideas Competition is offering a $1,000 prize. Artists are encouraged to submit creative ideas to re-use massive cast iron water pump components for functional items like seating, bike racks, way-finding and signage, or sculpture in Medfield. Questions, email jeanmineo@aol.com. Learn more.
Deadline: November 21, 2014 (5 PM EST)

Image: “The hostile press and the consequences of crim. con., or, Shakspeare in danger” by Robert Cruikshank. Image from Folger Shakespeare Library, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Learn more about Folger Shakespeare Library images in the public domain.

Nonprofit Arts + Tech Networking Opportunity

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

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The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) now offers a Nonprofit Arts Community of Practice, a place where people working at the intersection of the nonprofit arts sector and technology can share ideas, resources, and anything else that comes to mind.

Next call: September 22, 2015 at 2pm ET

How is mapping technology informing the narrative of art-making and ownership?

Join NTEN’s Nonprofit Arts Community of Practice for a conversation with arts organizations utilizing mapping technology on September 22 at 2pm ET (11am PT).

Learn about how Carnegie Museum of Art makes its provenance accessible and interactive and hear from HowlRound about their New Play Map, establishing new narratives about who theatermakers are and about how new theater and artists get supported.

Panelists
Jamie M. Gahlon, Senior Creative Producer, HowlRound
Neil Kulas, Web & Digital Media Manager, Carnegie Museum of Art
Brad Stephenson, Director of Marketing, Carnegie Museum of Art

Join the call: https://www.uberconference.com/ntencommunity

Optional dial in number: 866-853-1888 (No PIN needed)

Learn more about the Community of Practice’s conversations to date.

NTEN Communities of Practice center on themes that reflect both a specific programmatic focus and an ongoing opportunity for growth. They are supported by volunteer community organizers who agree to nurture and ignite conversation and engagement. You do not need to be a member of NTEN to participate.

The NTEN NonProfit Arts Community of Practice is a place to launch discussions, pose questions, share ideas and tools, and interact with others. To participate, create an NTEN profile and join the NonProfit Arts Community of Practice (which includes discussion board, event listings, resource libraries, etc.).

To connect on Twitter, use the hashtag #nptecharts

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Artist Opportunities Shaping Up

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

More proof that it is good to get your hands dirty!

Artist Residency Eyebeam Artist Residencies will grant a minimum of $4,000 to each selected residency project but will consider requests for additional project-based funding up to an additional $10,000 maximum (to be awarded in stages based on mutually agreed on milestones).
Learn more.
Deadline: June 14, 2013

Exhibition Proposals Queens College Art Center in Flushing, NY, is currently accepting solo and collaborative exhibitions that demonstrate contemporary concepts of statistics and/or residency. Submit via email to artcenter@qc.cuny.edu up to ten jpegs or five minutes on DVD, image list, a cv for every member of collaborative and no more than 1,000 word exhibition proposal. You will only be contacted if your proposal has been chosen. Jpegs must be labeled as such: lastname_numberoforder.jpeg If applying as a group, please use groupname_numberoforder.jpg. Please label DVDs by artist name and proposal title.
Deadline: June 15 2013

Playwrights The Warner Theatre International Playwrights’ Festival (Torrington, CT) is seeking one-act plays between 12-40 pages long. Scripts must be written in English and submitted electronically in standard Samuel French playwriting format. Do not include any playwright identification on script; in body of e-mail include script title and playwright’s name and contact information. No synopses or resumes. One submission per playwright. No fee. Warner Theatre, 68 Main St., Torrington, CT 06790, T: (860) 489-7180, Charlene Donaghy, charlene@charleneadonaghy.com.
Deadline: June 20, 2013 (received)

Film, Video, Media Art Gender Reel is seeking submission of film, video, and media art works that provide visibility to the experiences of gender non-conforming, gender variant and transgender people. Learn more. Questions, contact genderreelfest@gmail.com.
Deadline: June 20, 2013

Call for Art The City of Pittsfield’s Office of Cultural Development is now accepting submissions from all artists for a juried show called Islam Contemporary, to be held August 2-31, 2013 in Pittsfield at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts and Whitney Center for the Arts. They are seeking contemporary work that explores or incorporates Muslim art, culture, history, society and day-to-day life. They also welcome suggestions for potential writers, performers, and musicians on the subject of contemporary perspectives on Islam. Learn more.
Deadline: June 28, 2013

Furniture Artists Applications are now being accepted for the John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship, a $25,000 award. The fellowship has been designed to help support a talented furniture artist who is looking to transition to independence, make a significant transition in their career, fulfill an apprenticeship or further develop their skills. The John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship is administered by The Society of Arts and Crafts. Learn more.
Deadline: July 1, 2013

Call for Art Submissions are now being accepted for SCIENCE INSPIRES ART: THE COSMOS, the 15th, international, competition-exhibition to be held at the New York Hall of Science, August 31, 2013 – March 2, 2014. Seeking original art [executed in any visual media and documented via stunning images] relates to astronomy (including astrophysics, astrochemistry, astrobiology, astrogeology), questions of cosmology, extra-terrestrials, or the nature of matter and/or time in relation to universal laws. Learn more.
Deadline: July 21, 2013

Call for Built Environment Proposals The Boston Foundation for Architecture (BFA) invites grant proposals for educational programming in Massachusetts related to the built environment. Anyone with a good idea is encouraged to apply. Learn more. Questions, contact bfa@architects.org
Deadline: Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on September 6, 2013 at BSA Space (290 Congress Street, second floor, Boston)

Of Note: Cape Ann Artisans 30th anniversary studio tours,  June 22- 23, 2013

Image credit: Photograph of teapot courtesy of Marty Morgan.

Fellows Notes – July 12

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

It’s July: cue the John Philip Sousa and make way for a march of news from MCC Fellows/Finalists.

Sophia Ainslie and Stacey Alickman are in the group show NET work: A drawing and mixed media installation at Kingston Gallery (7/5-7/28, reception 7/6, 5:30-7:30 PM), in which individual works by the show’s artists have a variety of interconnections.

Intra Country: Patriotic Expressions features work by Caleb Cole, Matt Gamber, TRIIIBE, and Karl Baden, among other artists, at Gallery Kayafas (7/6-8/11).

Several MCC-awarded artists are featured in Creative Capital’s On Our Radar list of important artistic projects: Eric Gottesman, Matthew Mazzotta, Nathalie Miebach, and Douglas Weathersby.

Prilla Smith Brackett gave a talk on her work in June 2012, at the New Britain Museum of American Art, where one of her paintings is currently in the gallery of contemporary art.

Martha Jane Bradford is one of the artists selected for the Cambridge Center for Adult Education’s second group of CSArt artists (including an exhibition 7/9-8/31). Also, one of her works was selected for and received Honorable Mention at The Butler Institute of American Art‘s 76th National Midyear Exhibition (thru 8/19). One of her digital drawings was accepted in this year’s “Community of Artists” show at the Danforth Museum of Art (thru 8/5). Her work is also exhibiting online.

Patrick Donnelly reads with Diane Seuss at Frost Place (8/9, 8 PM).

Michael Dowling‘s new play Tamarack House had a staged reading as part of Premiere Stages’ Play Festival at Kean University in June.

Zehra Khan and her collaborator Tim Winn show at artSTRAND Gallery in Provincetown (7/13-7/26), an exhibition of photography-based work from their P-town dune shack residency.

Colleen Kiely‘s work is currently featured on Art New England’s online Portfolio.

Brian Knep will be showing Deep Wounds at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum as part of their ‘united states’ semester of shows (7/15-2/24/13). Commissioned by Harvard University in 2006, Deep Wounds is a large-scale, interactive installation that uses the Civil War as a metaphor for unfinished healing.

Congratulations to Andrew Krivak, whose novel The Sojourn won 2012 Chautauqua Prize. He’ll read from the book in Chautauqua, NY (8/6, 4 PM).

Julie Mallozzi‘s video sculpture Breakfast is part of two evenings of film-inspired works at Fort Point Theatre Channel (7/6-7/7, 8 PM).

Caitlin McCarthy was featured in the Australian newspaper The Spectator in a story on the DES drug (explored in her screenplay Wonder Drug).

Rachel Mello is part of the Crest Hardware Art Show (thru 8/31).

Joshua Meyer‘s oil paintings will exhibit at Rice/Polak Gallery in Provincetown (thru 7/12).

Liz Nofziger collaborated with Linda Price Sneddon to create Shape of Community, a collaborative installation in commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the Bread and Roses Strike of 1912, at Essex Art Center (thru 8/16).

Congratulations to William Peters, whose novel Maverick Jetpants in the City of Quality is due October 2012 from Black Balloon Publishing.

Cristi Rinklin‘s solo exhibition Diluvial (read about it on ArtSake) is open to the public at the Currier Museum of Art (thru 9/15). A reception for the exhibition will be held on 8/2, 5:30-7:30 PM, with a concert in the gallery by Shirish Korde, who composed music based on impressions of Cristi’s work.

Nick Rodrigues is part of the group show Making Dollars at Cambridge Innovation Center (thru 11/12).

Congratulations to Anna Ross, who was selected as a Tennessee Williams scholar in poetry at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Sarah Slifer‘s Serenade is performed by Sarah and Olivia Powell at Boston Ballet Marblehead (7/26, 8 PM) with live accompaniment.

Peter Snoad‘s short play Perfect Strangers will be part of the “10 X 10 in The Triangle” festival at ArtsCenter of Carrboro, NC (7/6-7/22). Recently, the play won the 2012 short play contest at the Stratford Fringe Festival in the Stratford-Upon-Avon in the U.K..

Rachel Perry Welty collaborates with her mother Sarah Hollis Perry for the installation Water, water at Cape Ann Museum (7/14-9/30). Also, Rachel was interviewed by Blink Magazine, including a portfolio of images from the Lost in my Life series.

Michael Zelehoski currently has work in Jen Bekman Gallery and Dodge Gallery, and he won First Place (and exhibits work) in the 2012 Juried Art exhibition at The Staten Island Museum (all in greater NYC).

Evan Ziporyn is among the artists featured in the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA.

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

Image: Brian Knep, installation view of DEEP WOUNDS (2006), installed at Memorial Hall in Cambridge, MA.

Fellows Notes – Nov 10

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Here’s the latest installment of Fellows Notes, the current great news of past Fellows/Finalists from our Artist Fellowships Program.

November’s got some terrific stuff: Claire Beckett’s photos on DC buildings… TRIIIBE’s ongoing installation at Boston University… Eric Henry Sanders’s new play in New York. Read on.

On the Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene blog, Steve Almond is entertainingly interviewed by Cam Terwilliger, in advance of Steve’s participation in the Somerville News Writers’ Festival, November 13, 2010, at the Center for the Arts at the Armory in Somerville. (Both Steve and Cam are 2008 Fellows in Fiction/Creative Nonfiction.) Here’s a sample of Steve discussing his recent, DIY self-publishing projects: “Of course, there’s a lot of schlepping involved. And some low-level humiliation. But that’s the life of a writer anyway these days.”

Diane Arvanites-Noya and Tommy Neblett (Choreography Fellows ’08, ’04), aka Prometheus Dance, are part of Dance and back again! A 19th Birthday Faculty Concert in the Julie Ince Thompson Theatre at The Dance Complex. New and renewed pieces by Prometheus Dance, The Prometheus Elders, and numerous other groups will be performed on Saturday, November 13, 8 PM and Sunday, November 14, 7 PM.

Claire Beckett (Photography Fellow ’07) is one of the artists included in the 2010 Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50. Also, her work will be on display during FotoWeek DC in the show 100 Portraits – 100 Photographers: Selections from the FlakPhoto.com Archive, curated by Andy Adams of FlakPhoto.com. This exhibition is part of the NightGallery series of projections on display from November 6-13, 2010, with a launch party at the Corcoran Gallery of Art on Friday, November 5. The images will be projected on exteriors of significant buildings across Washington, DC, including: Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design, Newseum, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, American Red Cross, National Museum of the American Indian, Satellite Central (M Street – Georgetown) and the Human Rights Campaign buildings.

Liza Bingham (Painting Finalist ’10) is one of the over 80 artists exhibiting work in the 34th Annual Waltham Mills Open Studios, on Saturday, November 6 (12-6 PM) and Sunday, November 7 (12-5 PM).

Martha Jane Bradford (Drawing Fellow ’85) collaborated with Chantal Harvey to produce Acquarella: The Fable, digital/virtual art on view in the Air Tree Exhibit in the Madrid Pavilion of the World Expo in Shanghai, curated by Spanish curator and virtual arts leader Cristina García-Lasuén. Martha (Alizarin Goldflake in Second Life) produced, directed, and designed most of the virtual environment, while Chantal Harvey helmed the 3-D computer animation. Watch the clip with narration in English or Chinese. Also, Martha recently constructed Second Life sets for a real life play, The Winter Bear, which premiered in Anchorage October 29, 2010. Martha’s virtual, immersive art is integrated into the show’s the stage design (watch a video trailer). Find more information about the play The Winter Bear, a story of a troubled Athabascan teenager whose video game skills come in handy against a marauding Winter Bear. The play runs at Cyrano’s Off-Center Playhouse, Anchorage AK, Oct 29 – Nov 13. Read more about the project.

Sarah Braunstein (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’04) was named as one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 selections, recognizing five young fiction writers chosen by National Book Award Winners and Finalists. She’ll be formally honored at a celebration at powerHouse Arena in NYC on Monday, November 15, hosted by musician and author Rosanne Cash with music journalist Rob Sheffield as DJ. Sarah’s novel The Sweet Relief of Lost Children will be published by W.W. Norton in 2011.

Congratulations to Peter Brown (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’06), whose short story collection A Bright Soothing Noise is published by University of North Texas Press this month. The book won the press’s Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction.

Alicia Casilio, Sara Casilio, Kelly Casilio, and Cary Wolinsky (Sculpture/Installation Fellows ’09), aka TRIIIBE, are turning Boston University’s massive 808 Gallery space into a site-specific installation. In Search of Eden will evolve as creators and observers participate in developing a present day version of the Garden of Eden. The installation will encompass photography, sculpture, painting and daily performances by the artists.

Lorraine Chapman (Choreography Fellow ’04) and her dance company join Contrapose Dance for an afternoon of dancing and dynamic work by Gianni Di Marco, Courtney Peix, and Lorraine Chapman. The event is on Sunday, November 14, 2:30 PM, Green Street Studios in Cambridge, MA. Among the works by Lorraine Chapman, The Company are “Pulp Tango,” the gold section from “Displaced Here Persons There,” and a new solo danced by Lorraine Chapman.

Regie Gibson (Poetry Fellow ’10) will emcee the literary feast A Taste of Grub, a November 5 fundraiser for Grub Street, a writers’ service organization based in Boston. Regie has plenty of experience behind a microphone; he’s a former Poetry Slam National Champion.

Jane Gillooly (Film & Video Fellow ’07) will be a guest at EventWorks SIM (Studio for Interrelated Media at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design) on Thursday, November 4, 2010, at 7:30 PM when her documentary Today the Hawk Takes One Chick has a free screening.

Cathy Jacobowitz‘s (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Finalist ’10) short story “You Made Me Leave My Happy Home” (drawn from her novel Melly Mockingbird) will be published in the Santa Monica Review spring or fall of 2011.

Congratulations to Liza Johnson (Film & Video Finalist ’07), who won the prestigious Rappaport Prize from the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. The prize is a $25,000 award to an individual artist, “an investment in both an individual and the broader community.”

Dawn Lane (Choreography Fellow ’10) was recently invited by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival to a Creative Development Residency to develop a new work, one potato, two potato. The work uses aspects of Irish culture and history as a metaphor for exploring excess, loss & insufficiency. Joined by dancers Lorimer Burns, Jane Goodrich, Susannah Millonzi and Leslie Nelson, Dawn spent a productive week in October in the Doris Duke Theatre that culminated in an informal showing of the work in progress on October 15.

Scott Listfield (Painting Finalist ’10) was selected as the creator of this year’s First Night Boston button. The design will be unveiled this month.

Tara L. Masih‘s (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Finalist ’96) story collection, Where the Dog Star Never Glows, was announced as a finalist in the USA Book News Best Books 2010 Awards, short story category. Read Tara discussing Three Stages in the book’s development on ArtSake.

Rania Matar (Photography Fellow ’07) was selected for inclusion in the 2010 Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50.

Rachel Mello (Painting Finalist ’10) has a solo exhibition on paintings, prints, and collages at Club Passim in Cambridge. The exhibition runs November 15, 2010-January 3, 2011. Additionally, she has two pieces in the Nave Gallery’s Our Town exhibit, featuring works of and about Somerville, MA. Opening November 18, Rachel’s work will be included in Plenty at 13FOREST in Arlington. It’s the annual small works holiday show (gift ideas, anyone?).

Eric Henry Sanders’s (Playwriting Fellow ’09) play Reservoir will have its world premiere at The Drilling CompaNY Theatre in New York, running November 4 -24th, 2010. An earlier draft of the play helped Eric win an MCC fellowship, and you can read about its development (as well as hear an excerpt performed by Company One) on ArtSake.

Leslie Sills (Crafts Fellow ’95) created a sculptural teapot, called High Tea, that is among the works included in The Teapot Redefined. The exhibition of sculptural teapots ran at Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge through Oct. 31. High Tea was inspired by Leslie’s artist residency this past summer at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, which borders a sheep farm in Newcastle, Maine.

Ron Spalletta (Poetry Finalist ’10) had a poem featured in Slate this summer, selected by poetry editor Robert Pinsky (hear Ron reading “Blank Villanelle”). Also, check out a great article about Ron in the Harvard Gazette, highlighting his dual careers as an award-winning poet and a Harvard Medical School manager.

Rachel Perry Welty (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’09, Drawing Fellow ’04) has a solo photographic exhibition, Lost in My Life, at the Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York. The work is a series of photographs in which the artist herself is immersed in an environment of flattened cereal boxes, bread tags, twist ties, and other miscellaneous leftovers of modern consumption. Lost in My Life runs November 4-December 23, 2010, with an opening reception November 4, 6-8 PM.

Leslie Williams‘s (Poetry Fellow ’10) new poetry collection Success of the Seed Plants has been published by Bellday Books. The book won the 2010 Bellday Books Prize.

Kevin Young (Poetry Fellow ’10) has poetry featured in the Best American Poetry 2010 anthology.

Jeff Zimbalist’s (Film & Video Fellow ’05) documentary The Two Escobars is being released in San Francisco this month, is currently running in New York, and will have an LA release next week. The film recently received a glowing review by The Onion’s AV Club (and those discerning hipsters are tough to impress!). The highly lauded documentary will be released on DVD Blu Ray this month.

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Images: poster for RESERVOIR by Eric Henry Sanders, produced by The Drilling CompaNY; still from a trailer for THE WINTER BEAR, with virtual environments designed by Martha Jane Bradford; still from THE TRAVELERS CABARET by Lorraine Chapman; Scott Listfield, GRAND CANYON (2008), Oil on canvas, 24×48 in; Rachel Perry Welty, LOST IN MY LIFE (BOXES) (2010), Pigment Print, represented by Yancy Richardson Gallery.

Tour de Awesome

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

This post is a pictorial tour of some of the exceptional stuff past fellows/finalists from MCC’s Artist Fellowships Program are currently up to.

1. Reimagined tea pots. Leslie Sills (Crafts Fellow ’95) created the above work, called HIGH TEA. The sculptural teapot is among the works included in The Teapot Redefined, an exhibition of sculptural teapots at Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge (through Oct. 31). The work was inspired by Leslie’s artist residency this past summer at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, which borders a sheep farm in Newcastle, Maine.

2. National film releases. Jeff Zimbalist’s (Film & Video Fellow ’05) documentary The Two Escobars is being released in San Francisco this month, is currently running in New York, and will have an LA release next week. The film recently received a glowing review by The Onion’s AV Club (and those discerning hipsters are tough to impress!).

3. Chinese World Expos. Martha Jane Bradford (Drawing Fellow ’85) collaborated with Chantal Harvey to produce Acquarella: The Fable, digital/virtual art on view in the Air Tree Exhibit in the Madrid Pavilion of the World Expo in Shanghai, curated by Spanish curator and virtual arts leader Cristina García-Lasuén. Martha (Alizarin Goldflake in Second Life) produced, directed, and designed most of the virtual environment, while Chantal Harvey helmed the 3-D computer animation. Watch the clip with narration in English or Chinese.

4. Literary/culinary benefit events. Former Poetry Slam National Champion Regie Gibson (Poetry Fellow ’10) will emcee the literary feast A Taste of Grub, a November 5 fundraiser for Grub Street, a writers’ service organization based in Boston.

5. Edens-in-progress. TRIIIBE (Sculpture/Installation Fellows ’09), the artists collective of Alicia, Kelly, and Sara Casilio and photographer Cary Wolinsky, is turning Boston University’s massive 808 Gallery space into a site-specific installation. In Search of Eden will evolve as creators and observers participate in developing a present day version of the Garden of Eden. If you’re in search of art that’s visually arresting, socially engaged, and possessed of a truly unique vision, then traveler, I think I know where to find your paradise.

6. Collaborative, two-part installations. Liz Nofziger (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’05) and Linda Price-Sneddon (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’01) have created a multi-media installation showing at two different art venues. Part one of That Which Changes That Which Stays the Same shows at the Villa Victoria in Boston through November 3, 2010. Part two shows at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence through December 8, with an Artists’ Talk Wednesday, November 17, 7-8 PM. The artists’ collaboration is itself the result of a collaboration (woah, meta) between Villa Victoria and Essex Art Center, called Exchange.

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Images: Leslie Sills, HIGH TEA (front and side view), ceramic; still from THE TWO ESCOBARS by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist; still from ACQUARELLA by Martha Jane Bradford and Chantal Harvey; Regie Gibson; promotional image for A Taste of Grub; TRIIIBE, FINE; installation view of THAT WHICH CHANGES THAT WHICH STAYS THE SAME by Liz Nofziger and Linda Price-Sneddon.

TEDxBoston

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Perhaps you’ve heard of TED, that confluence of creative super-brains in technology, entertainment, and design? TED Talks at the annual conference have included “ideas worth spreading” from Steven Hawking and Al Gore as well as local innovators Tod Machover and Dan Ellsey from the groundbreaking Hyperscore music project (watch the video above) and Boston Philharmonic Conductor Benjamin Zander. TED has collected those talks in an online catalog – a kind of embeddable Bible for the “groundbreaking genius” sect.

And, just as the Biblical Shem begot Arphaxad, so has TED begot something with an “x” in its name. Coincidence? Yes, I think it is, probably. But the point is, TED led to TEDx.

What’s TEDx? It’s local communities designing and organizing their own independent, TED-like events. And the next TEDx event is about to happen in Boston.

TEDxBoston takes place Thursday, July 29, 2010, 10 AM to 6 PM. Among the events speakers are arts and technology writer Scott Kirsner, designer and Poe story illustrator Eric Mongeon, dance crew Static Noyze, Artists for Humanity founder/director Susan Rodgerson, percussionist Marcus Santos, Boston Latin School senior and erhu player Muhan Zhang, and Sapir Ng, the architect behind the fascinating Tremont Underground Theatre Space concept.

Read about all the 2010 speakers and the pre-conference events. Then go invent something radical, like an ice cream-making hat powered by brainwaves!

Fellows Notes – June

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

June 2010

We compile a monthly list of presentations, honors, publications, and events featuring past and present MCC Artist Fellows & Finalists. As you’ll see, the news is good – not just about these award-winning artists, but also about the breadth and vitality of contemporary arts throughout the Commonwealth.

Two past fellows are featured in Solstice: a Magazine for Diverse Voices. Poetry by Ben Berman (Poetry Fellow ’08) and short fiction by Grace Talusan (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’02) were included in the Winter/Spring 2010 issue.

Patrick Donnelly (Poetry Fellow ’08) joins stage/screen writer Sinan Ünel (Playwriting Finalist ’07) for a reading at the Lesley University MFA Program summer residency, in the Marran Theater in Cambridge, on Sunday, June 27 at 7 PM. The full reading series schedule also includes Rachel Kadish (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction ’08) on June 28 at 7 PM, and later, NPR writer David Rakoff.

Two past fellows/finalists recently received funding from The LEF Foundation’s Moving Image Fund. Marlo Poras (Film & Video Fellow ’05) received a $15,000 production grant to work on The Mosuo Sisters, about two sisters who lose their jobs in Beijing and return home to a remote Himalayan village to help keep their family afloat. Jeff Daniel Silva (Film & Video Finalist ’09) was awarded a $25,000 post-production grant for his film Ivan and Ivana, about a couple from war-torn Kosovo, now making a life in the US. Congratulations!

Irina Rozovsky (Photography Finalist ’09) is among the artists exhibiting in Familiar Bodies at Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston. The exhibition, which includes the work of photographers who focus their cameras on the nearest people in their lives, also includes Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison (Photography Fellow ’01), Camilo Ramirez (Photography Fellow ’09), and Sage Sohier (Photography Finalist ’05). The show runs through June 26, with an opening reception June 4th, 5:30-7:30 PM.


Brian Corey (Painting Fellow ’08) has a solo show at Kingston Gallery in Boston, called The Terrain That Remains. The show runs June 2-27, 2010, with an opening reception Friday, June 4, 5-7:30 PM, and an artist’s talk Saturday, June 12, 4 PM.

Denver Office of Cultural Affairs: we applaud your good taste in public artists. They recently commissioned Janet Echelman (Crafts & Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’09) to create a Biennial of the Americas installation.

Ralf Yusuf Gawlick (Music Composition Fellow ’09) premiered Kinderkreuzzug, his dramatic cantata for children’s voices and small chamber ensemble, in April (read about it on ArtSake). Boston College has put together a fabulous audio slideshow about the performances.

Michael Hoerman (Poetry Fellow ’04) will read on June 17 for ThoughtCrime, a reading series at Khon’s Wine Bar and Darts, 2808 Milam in Houston, Texas. He joins the roster of the 5th Annual Word Around Town Tour for a weeklong series of readings around Houston in July. On September 10 and 11 he will be a featured performer at Houston Fringe Fest, an annual performing arts festival presented by FrenetiCore at Frenetic Theater in Houston’s East End.

Lisa Kessler’s (Photography Finalist ’05) solo exhibition Seeing Pink is at the Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY. The show, which explores the idea of the color pink in American, runs June 3-June 27, with an opening reception Saturday June 12, 6-8 PM.

Yanick Lapuh (Painting Fellow ’10) is among the artists in Eye Spy: Playing with Perception at the Peabody Essex Museum, June 19, 2010 to June 1, 2011.

Jane D. Marsching (Photography Finalist ’03) has a host of Spring/Summer exhibitions and events. She’s part of Resurrectine at the Ronald Feldman Gallery, NYC, through June 28, a large-scale group show that embraces the notion of transformation. In April, Jane opened a dual photo exhibition (with Andrea Juan) called Tribute Phase II: Polar Encounter. Sites for the exhibition, which was curated by Veronica Willenberg, CEO of Art in Lobby, include the International Book Fair, the PanAmerican Hotel, and Botanica Gardens, all in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Jane will also take part in an alumni exhibition of art at Hampshire College’s Johnson Gallery (June 11-July 30, 2010, reception June 12, 4-6 PM).

Tara L. Masih’s (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Finalist ’96) Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction was awarded a bronze medal from the 2009 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards in the writing category.

Congratulations to Cynthia Maurice (Drawing Fellow ’02), who received the Jurors First Prize from the Danforth Museum 2010 Off The Wall Juried Exhibit. The prize was selected by Jen Mergel, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, MFA and Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator of the ICA.

Nathalie Miebach (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’09) is among the artists exhibiting in The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft at the Fuller Craft Museum, through February 6, 2011. Artists in this show use new technologies in tandem with traditional craft materials – clay, glass, wood, metal and fiber – to forge new artistic directions.

Liz Nofziger (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’05) has a solo show, Underwater, at the Melle Finelli Studio, June 4-July 16, 2010, opening reception: June 4, 5 – 8 PM.

Monica Nydam (Painting Fellow ’10) has a solo show of new paintings at LaMontagne Gallery in Boston, through June 19.

Linda Price-Sneddon (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’01) has a solo show at HallSpace in Boston, Soon… Our Salvation. The show, which opens Saturday, June 5 (reception 3-6 PM) and runs to July, is inspired by the UFO Mythos, Armageddon evangelism and small town parades.

Monica Raymond’s (Playwriting Finalist ’07, Poetry Finalist ’08) radio play The Telemarketer will be performed on Shoestring Radio Theater on KUSF 90.3 FM in San Francisco. The performance will air at 6:30 PM Eastern time, June 30, and listeners outside the San Francisco area can access a live Internet stream. The performance will also stream for one week following the live broadcast, on Shoestring Theatre’s Web site.

Salvatore Scibona (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’06) was named as one of The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 fiction writers to watch.

Leslie Sills (Crafts Fellow ’95) has a mixed-media sculpture in a furniture exhibition at the Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge. The exhibition runs June 15-July 31st, with an opening reception June 17, 6-8 PM.

Orbiting Mars, a full-length comedy by Peter Snoad (Playwriting Fellow ’09), will receive a staged reading at the Penobscot Theatre in Bangor, ME June 23 in its Northern Writes New Play Festival. The play recently won the annual new play contest of Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre in Santa Cruz, CA. Several of Peter’s short plays have been staged recently or are slated for upcoming productions. The Greening of Bridget Kelly and My Name is Art will feature in the London Fringe August 11-14, part of a repeat of Liminal Productions’ “American Bytes” series by emerging American playwrights that was first produced in April at the New Wimbledon Studio in Wimbledon, London. Stone’s Soup Theatre in Seattle included The Greening of Bridget Kelly in its short play festival in May, and My Name is Art can be seen at the Raconteur Theatre in Columbus, OH through June 12. Boston Actors’ Theatre produced Either Or in its SLAMBoston festival on May 19. Peter has a new website where you can check out his work: www.petersnoad.com.

Cam Terwilliger (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’08) was featured in a recent Boston Globe article by Danielle Dreilinger about a memoir writing workshop he ran for seniors living at the Somerville Home. Cam was supported in the effort by a Somerville Arts Council grant.

Debra Weisberg (Drawing Fellow ’08) is among the artists in By Hand at Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville, June 6-26, opening reception Sunday, June 6, 6-8 PM.

Rachel Perry Welty (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’09, Drawing Fellow ’04) was commissioned by the Museum of Fine Arts Boston to create a limited edition benefit artwork.

Deb Todd Wheeler (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’03) has a solo exhibition, BLEW, at the Miller Block Gallery in Boston. The show, which runs through June 26, features blown film polyethylene – aka plastic. Read a nano-interview with Deb on ArtSake.

Tracy Winn’s (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’08) short story collection Mrs. Somebody Somebody comes out this month in paperback, and she’ll be reading at the Salem Athenaeum on June 11 at 5 PM, at Newtonville Books on June 17 at 7 PM, at Barnes & Noble in Lowell on June 18 at 7 PM, at The Book Rack in Newburyport on June 19 at 3 PM, and at Gibson Books in Concord, New Hampshire on July 1 at 7 PM.

Jeff Zimbalist’s (Film & Video Fellow ’05) documentary The Two Escobars, a film about the convergent stories of murdered soccer star Andrés Escobar and Columbian drug baron Pablo Escobar, will have a Hometown Screening in the historic Academy of Music in Northampton on Sunday, June 20 at 7:30 PM, followed by a post-screening Q&A. The film, which was commissioned to celebrate ESPN’s 30th anniversary with 30 documentary films, will have its ESPN premiere on June 22. It also premieres in Florida and screens at the Los Angeles Film Festival this month (on Friday, June 18th and Sunday, June 20th) and recently screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Cannes International Film Festival.

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Are you a past fellow or finalist with an event, honor, or other bit of news you’d like to share? Tell us about it.

Images: Linda Price-Sneddon, drawing from the SOON…OUR SALVATION suite; Brian Corey, COORDINATES UNKNOWN (2010), Ink, Acrylic, on Paper,7×8 in; Lisa Kessler, CODE PINK, from SEEING PINK; Deb Todd Wheeler, image from BLEW.


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